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DIA scraps plans for 'signature bridge' over Pena Blvd.

1:19 PM, Apr 26, 2011   |    comments
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The bridge, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, was supposed to be a visual and symbolic gateway for people coming to and leaving Denver from the airport.

RTD is obligated to build a basic bridge as part of FasTracks, according to DIA. The airport had plans to make it more ornate, but now the airport believes the money "for building the signature bridge is not in the best interest of the airport."

The airport said the estimated the cost of the "signature bridge" would have been $22 million. RTD had allocated $1.4 million toward building a basic elevated rail bridge.

"Mr. Calatrava designed a stunning gateway element that would've been the envy of other cities and airports around the world. However, our first and foremost responsibility is to maintain the fiscal strength of this airport, and investing $20 million in this structure is just not the best use of our capital," Kim Day, manager of aviation at DIA, said in a news release.

Recently, DIA announced a $500 million budget for the South Terminal Redevelopment Program and an additional $500 million for other capital improvement projects over the next five years.

The South Terminal Redevelopment Program includes building a train station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, a public plaza and a 500-room Westin hotel and conference center connected to Jeppesen Terminal.

No taxpayer or general fund dollars are used for projects at DIA, including those that are part of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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