Local dignitaries yesterday gathered to celebrate the University District Pedestrian and Bicycle bridge, which will go out to bid soon.

On hand were Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref, Mayor David Condon, Sen. Mike Baumgartner, Sen. Andy Billig and more.

About $8.8 million of the funding for the bridge comes from a 2015 state transportation package. Another $3 million comes from tax collections from the University District Revitalization Area.

The bridge over the BNSF Railway tracks features a 120-foot tall central arch. Work is scheduled to start early next spring and be complete by the fall of 2018. A public plaza is planned on the bridge’s south landing, and it will be served by a new Spokane Transit Authority shuttle from medical facilities on the lower South Hill.

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