September 29, 2013: Houston’s newest pedestrian bridge opened quietly last week, and it’s already a Buffalo Bayou Trail favorite.
It crosses over Houston's iconic Buffalo Bayou, and it's the highly anticipated final span of the Jackson Hill pedestrian Bridge.
Located between Waugh and Dunlavy, this new bridge – in less than a week – has become one of the Buffalo Bayou Trail’s primary connecting points. It links the Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive trails, and provides picturesque, north-south passage high over the bayou.
Safety is perhaps its biggest draw; joggers, cyclists and walkers now have another scenic, secure place to cross over from one bank of the bayou to the other.
Runners starting from downtown, no longer have to cross the busy Waugh Street Bridge to complete a 4.5 mile loop. This bridge creates another option for folks seeking an alternative to the Shepherd Dr. pedestrian bridge loop, which is about a 6 mile loop from downtown.
But not only is Houston’s newest bridge functional and safe. It’s also aesthetically pleasing; it offers fresh, artistic design in the park. The bridge provides a touch of architectural interest for hikers along the trail. Additionally, it’s woven elegantly into the Buffalo Bayou Park’s unique landscape of cityscape, waterway, and trails.
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