Pedestrian bridges at IPFW -safer design

The three pedestrian bridges at IPFW are not like the one in Florida being made of different material

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 7:35 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The three pedestrian bridges at IPFW are not like the birdge that collapsed in Florida killing six people and injuring eight, and there isn't a day that goes by that the IPFW bridges aren't used.

"I use it everyday walking to class. It's pretty convenient so students don't have to walk across the heavy traffic on Crescent Avenue," Jacob Kahle said.

That bridge is among two others that go through a rigorous inspection by the Indiana Department of Transportation which manages their construction.

The bridge that collapsed in Florida was of a different material.

"It appears that the bridge in Florida was made out of concrete. I don't know what the structural type was, but the main difference is it appeared to clear span without any visible support, and ours have a pretty hefty braided steel cable support system," Gregory Justice said.

Justice is the executive director of facilities management at Indiana- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Some students said they feel safe walking the bridges, and adding they make it a lot easier for students to get around.

"It's not that bad especially for people who do not have cars and need to get to class," Anna Struck said.

The other bridge is the Ron Vendlery Family Bridge located on the west side of campus.

Lastly the Parker Cole Bridge that will cross over Coliseum Boulevard is still under construction.

That is expected to be complete by the end of July.

All three bridges are made of steel.

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