WSU closed pedestrian bridge on campus to protect public safety

PULLMAN, WA - Washington State University students are dealing with a detour on their walk through campus now that one of the main pedestrian bridges is closed down.

Recently, pedestrians complained about excessive movement in the 47-year-old bridge that arches over Stadium Way at Nevada Street. Over the last month, the university brought in engineers to inspect the structure and they decided that it would be best to just close it down and replace it.

"It was not going to be economic, or even technically feasible to repair the bridge," said WSU Design Services Director Mike Leonas. "As a result, we wound up closing the bridge in order to protect the public safety."

Now students are using the crosswalk underneath the bridge, but safety is still a concern. The university is asking pedestrians and drivers to take an alternate route to avoid congestion, and the speed limit on Stadium Way between Highway 270 and Beasley Coliseum has been reduced from 25 to 20 MPH.

The bridge will be demolished over Winter Break and WSU is in the process of designing a new one to replace it.