We had this bookmarked a while ago but it is finally final: The pedestrian bridge over Harbor Drive just outside the San Diego Convention Center
has opened, just in time for Padres season — and Comic-Con! Far from being a simple, utilitarian walkway to prevent pedestrians being hit by a car, trolley or train, the Harbor Drive Bridge is an ambitious structure that has already been nominated for design awards. At 550 feet, it’s one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian suspension bridges in the world, and rising 25 feet in the air presents a soaring, nautical walkway that runs from Petco Park to the Bayfront Hilton, all suspended from a 130-ft high pylon.
The pedestrian bridge was long considered necessary for several reasons, including frequent stoppages for trolleys, and long stoppages at the light for interminable freight trains that once kept Kate Beckinsale from making her panel at Comic-Con on time.
The bridge will also allow you to bypass the increasingly carnival-like madhouse of promotion at the Fifth St./Harbor Drive intersection.
Of note for Convention Center-watchers who are pondering the planned expansion — if the bridge is any indication, don’t plan on a timely completion for that still-not-started project: The bridge was supposed to take a year to build and cost $12 million. In reality it took 2 1/2 years and cost $26.8 million. More local reaction.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.