A pedestrian bridge is under discussion among the cities of Homewood, Mountain Brook and Birmingham. The bridge would cross Hollywood Boulevard over U.S. 280 from Homewood into Mountain Brook.
The Homewood City Council approved the project to move forward at the August 13 meeting.
“The opportunity to build this pedestrian bridge will provide a safe route for runners and walkers who daily cross over Highway 280 coming and going from Homewood and Mountain Brook,” said State Representative Paul DeMarco.
DeMarco has recently worked with officials in all three cities to coordinate collaboration with the state to get the bridge built. He is also requesting a grant where the state matches federal dollars with local dollars.
“This is an opportunity for regional cooperation between not only Homewood and Mountain Brook but also the City of Birmingham where the property connects,” DeMarco said.
Homewood city council member Jackie Langlow is also working with the surrounding communities to bring about a product that increases walkability and provides for pedestrians’ safety.
“I have had meetings with the Mountain Brook City Council, mayor, planners and Birmingham City Council representatives, and everyone is very positive about this project moving forward,” Langlow said.
Jennifer Andress, president of the Birmingham Track Club, was authorized by the 900-member club to wholeheartedly campaign and lend support for the pedestrian bridge. Andress said the current bridge is used by hundreds of runners each week. The low barrier safety rail and the amount of cars passing over the bridge jeopardize runners’ safety, Andress said.
Langlow said that although the total costs are not determined at this time, the preliminary estimates to Homewood and Mountain Brook range from $100,000 to $150,000 from each city depending on the scope of work done on the project and if cities choose to do their own sidewalk work. DeMarco and Homewood city government are continuing to work toward this end.
“This bridge would be a needed benefit for our community,” DeMarco said.