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Success for Cleveland's new lakefront pedestrian bridge requires high speed design excellenceBy Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer It was big news for city planning and urban design in Cleveland last week that Cuyahoga County launched the search for a team to design the long-desired pedestrian bridge that would link the downtown Mall to North Coast Harbor.Coupled with plans to revamp Public Square by 2016, the pedestrian bridge has the potential to project a global image of Cleveland as a can-do city that has the capacity to carry out ambitious public works at lightning speed.But the county's deadline of finishing the bridge in time for the Republican National Convention here in 2016 should come with a significant caveat.With speed comes risk. The danger is that without a spectacular performance by all concerned during the critically important early design phase, the city could settle for a project that might fail to make the most of an extraordinary opportunity.more at: http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2014/07/success_in_designing_cleveland.html#incart_river
Quote from: Htsguy on July 22, 2014, 11:05:08 AMMy question is will the fact that they are going over railroad tracks result in the process being delayed. Is there an air rights issue that has to be dealt with and could that potentially take forever?Absolutely. Because the railroads, unlike any other mode of transportation, own their rights of way, they tend to live in their own insular world. They operate on their own time frame and with their own priorities. Just because a community needs a bridge or a crossing addressed by a certain time doesn't mean that the railroad shares that timetable. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of external requests from local, state or federal governments as well by private entities (ie: utilities) to cross their rights of way for various projects and they are often addressed in the order in which they are received. So if there is a two-year backlog of external requests for crossing or otherwise accessing Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. rights of way anywhere in their 20,000+ route-mile systems, the chances of this walkway seeing construction before mid-2016 is nil.Oh, and the fact there are two large railroad companies involved means coordinating both. Sounds like fun. Having a Congressperson or a Senator at the ready to reach to the highest levels of each railroad executive offices might be a good idea.
My question is will the fact that they are going over railroad tracks result in the process being delayed. Is there an air rights issue that has to be dealt with and could that potentially take forever?
I'm sure there is still a lot to work out--especially for construction staging-- but based on a 1987 conveyance, I believe the City of Cleveland already owns the air rights higher than 23 feet above the freight tracks.