More straightforward news on pedestrian/cyclist access to the Columbia Road overpass during construction this summer:
Impact to Pedestrian & Bicycles from the Construction on Columbia Road
Have you been wondering how the road construction on South Columbia Road and DeMers Avenue will affect your non-motorized travel on the Columbia Road overpass? Here’s the good news: the overpass will be open for pedestrian, biking, and roller blading traffic during the beginning phases of the construction.
Here’s the bad news: access will not be available from South Columbia Road. If you are coming from the south, you will not have access to the overpass in the construction area. You will need use the DeMers Avenue trail and enter the ramp on the west side of Columbia Road. If you are coming from the north, you will not be able to access the trail south of the overpass. You must exit at the off-ramp on the south end of the overpass.
We’ll do our best to keep you posted on any changes to the pedestrian access to the overpass.
(via the latest Greenway update)
In fairness to anyone who will hop curbs and cross grass on a bicycle to continue traveling south, I think it will still be possible to get onto the hospital campus and continue south, but it is still unclear exactly what areas will become impassible during the construction. We’ll do our best to let you know the best way to get through this mess as it changes this summer.