What’s going on at the Millennium Bridge? Here’s the scoop:
The Central Platte Valley Metropolitan District, the taxing authority that owns and maintains much of the public infrastructure between Wewatta Street and the Consolidated Mainline freight tracks, including the Millennium Bridge, is giving the bridge a $1 million remodel. The update to the bridge consists primarily of two parts: the replacement of the bridge’s lighting to LED lights, and the expansion and reorientation of the stairs on the LoDo side of the bridge.
The switch to LED lighting will save the district money and improve the energy efficiency of the bridge’s lights by 80%. It will also allow the bridge’s iconic spire to be illuminated in different colors other than white for holidays and special occasions.
The reconfiguration of the stairs will improve pedestrian flow between the bridge and the Union Station light rail platforms. Currently, pedestrians leaving the bridge have to do a bit of a fishhook to go around the side of the stairs to head towards the mall shuttle and light rail boarding areas. The new configuration will improve that pedestrian movement.
Here’s a diagram showing the new stairway configuration, thanks to the CPVMD:
The project will be finished by July 2014.