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a narrow bridge for the use of pedestrians
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A narrow bridge structure that is designed to carry pedestrians only.
See also: Bridge
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a bridge built where a pedestrian route meets natural obstacles, such as rivers or gullies, or transportation routes, such as city streets, railroads, or highways with heavy traffic. Footbridges over railroad tracks are usually constructed at railroad stations. Parks with rivers, ponds, or pools often have footbridges. A footbridge may have one or several spans with intervening supports, depending on the width of the obstacle to be bridged and the architectural design. Access to footbridges is usually provided by stairways with landings and, less often, by ramps (straight or curved) or escalators. Modern footbridges are mostly girder or frame bridges constructed of concrete, reinforced concrete, or metal. In some cases, arch and suspension (guy) bridges are used.

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footbridge, pedestrian bridge

A narrow bridge designed to carry pedestrians only.
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He added: "We are now expecting the new Greystone footbridge to be open to pedestrians during the week commencing November 16 and the free shuttle bus service will remain in place until the new bridge opens."
Residents from Gate Towers and the Arc said the footbridge was a big attraction as it connected them directly to the BOUTIKs Mall.
To listen to Network Rail's reasoning, you could be forgiven for thinking that refurbishment of the footbridge would render New Street unusable.
The footbridge also helps people with the problem of parking in the capital as it makes it easier for them to park on Makarios Avenue and cross over to the old town.
" He explained that if the problem continues, officers will explore all possibilities to stop it, including closing the footbridge. The incident comes after CCTV cameras and steel panels were installed on a footbridge, which crosses the M6 between Walsgrave in Coventry.
The possibility of a separate 2.5m wide footbridge with the existing footways either converted to cycleways or the road widened would cost pounds 1,980,000 or pounds 2,660,000.
"Before the NCA marked the bridge for demolition, the matter had kicked off a storm with residents questioning the quality and safety of the structure even as the Roads department sought to justify the use of bricks in its construction.The roads department also denied claims that the county government used Sh6.4 million for building the footbridge.
The GNA also observed during a tour that all the six footbridges at the various locations; Firestone, Madina-Zongo Junction, Redco Junction, Ritz Junction, SDA Junction and WASS were at various stages of completion.
of the footbridge went viral on social media over the weekend due to the cable wire issue.
A photo of the footbridge, which goes over the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) railway, went viral on social media after netizens said it is not accessible to the elderly, pregnant women and persons with disability (PWDs).
A NEW PS2m footbridge would provide "significantly improved" pedestrian access between Pontypridd town centre and a park, a council report claims.