Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper Draft

Bridge Columbia has prepared a White Paper summarizing the reasons Columbia needs a better downtown bridge. Broad in scope, the White Paper outlines the long-term benefits of the bridge, how it is consistent with current trends in urban design, the many individuals and groups that support the bridge, along with possible sources of funding. Click here to read the full draft.


Concept illustration of a bike, bus, and pedestrian bridge that unites east and west Columbia.

I never expected the bridge that was built would be so ugly and mean looking and unsafe. It is time to tear the existing bridge down and construct a 21st Century bridge as proposed by Bridge Columbia.
Robert Tennebaum, one of Columbia's original planners
There is no question that the existing bridge is underutilized due to inconvenience and safety issues. . . What a difference it would make for all of Columbia to follow through with Bridge Columbia’s vision.
Erwin and Heather Schoeny, Residents of Oakland Mills
I’d do anything to update that bridge. This sounds like a FINE PLAN.
Wendy Newton
Let’s support James Rouse’s original plan of an interconnected community. Rt. 29 divides our city and isolates the different villages.
Every bridge is a statement. Your plans say so much about Columbia – united, progressive, walkable and open.
I heard about the initiative to upgrade the existing pedestrian bridge to accommodate transit, pedestrian, and bike traffic.  I am strongly if favor of this project.
Eric Johnston
This is a great effort that, if successful, could provide a springboard for other community connection initiatives throughout Howard County.
Dennis Lane, deceased Columbia blogger
We’re pleased to announce that the feasibility study (for Bridge Columbia) will be moving forward.
Calvin Ball, Howard Co Council District 2
I have followed Bridge Columbia and OM village center news over the last year and I am hopeful that improvements will come to the pedestrian bridge and the surrounding area that will benefit all of our communities.
Matt Hoffman - Allview Area Community Association President
Bridge Columbia takes a page out of Jim Rouse’s playbook. . . . This plan is exciting. . . . I would love to see this bridge built.
Barbara Kellner, Executive Director, Columbia Archives

One thought on “Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper Draft

  1. My wife and I are both in our 70′s and have lived in Allview Estates since I returned from Vietnam in 1970. I am disabled and don’t walk anymore. I find that the layout of thoughtfares in Columbia are not very accessible to the mobility impared. You just “can’t get there from here.” For access to shopping, doctors, etc. we must drive useing a Handicap equipped van. Although it may be attractive to some of the more active, I don’t see that this new bridge wil be of much of use to us.

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