March 22, 2016
A pedestrian bridge at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) was officially opened to foot traffic. The Moody Pedestrian Bridge crosses over a section of West Dean Keaton Street that is near the outer edge of that university’s campus.
This bridge serves as a connection between facilities that are part of UT Austin’s Moody College of Communication – the Belo Center for New Media; and the Jones Communication Center buildings. The Moody Foundation, a Galveston-based charitable foundation, donated $50 million to UT Austin in 2013. Both the university’s communication college and the pedestrian bridge linking its facilities have been named in honor of that foundation.
Construction on the Moody Pedestrian Bridge began shortly after the Austin City Council approved the project in 2015. Those helping to design the bridge included Miguel Rosales, president of the Boston-based engineering firm Rosales + Partners.
“Our new bridge will help unite our faculty, staff and students, both literally and figuratively, and will become a major new campus landmark,” noted Jay Bernhardt, dean of Moody College of Communication, in a statement that was issued on the day of the bridge’s opening.
The Moody Pedestrian Bridge is 300 feet (91 meters) in length. Its more prominent features include the aesthetic lighting that was integrated into its steel railings.
Photo Credit: Bryan Rutherford (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)
For more information on the Moody Pedestrian Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moody_Pedestrian_Bridge