FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The pedestrian bridge over Coliseum Boulevard is a year behind schedule.
The Parker Cole Crossing connecting Purdue Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech was scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 school year, but won't open until the 2019-2020 school year.
INDOT, who owns the bridge, said the delay is because cable tension tests were inconsistent.
Spokeswoman Nichole Thomas said the problem was when the cables were tested together. Individual testing was ok.
"We believe that cantilever technology is what is causing those erroneous readings," Thomas said.
Now engineers are designing a pier to go under the bridge to help stabilize readings.
Thomas said this will add redundancies to the bridge, which isn't a bad thing.
"It allows the bridge to withstand any condition whatever that maybe," said Thomas.
Those redundancies have nothing to do with several pedestrian bridge collapses within the past year across the world.
In fact, Thomas said there is no concern about this one collapsing.
"This bridge is not like any of the other bridges that collapsed other than it is a pedestrian bridge," said Thomas.
She said delaying the bridge opening a year is worth the wait.
"Safety is our number one priority. We are going to continue to ensure the bridge is safe as it is and it will be safe well into the future," Thomas said.