With the opening of the new Heartland pedestrian bridge, downtown Omaha workers will have a new route to take during their lunch hours. The new Continental ® pedestrian truss bridge is located between Heartland of America Park and Lewis and Clark Landing. The bridge, along with the previously constructed King Bridge, provides pedestrians with a safe and scenic route.
The bridge allows pedestrians to avoid traffic while walking from Gene Leahy Mall under 10th Street to Heartland of America Park, over to Lewis & Clark Landing, on to the arena plaza before stopping at the intersection of 10th Street and Capitol Avenue.
The $1.4 million Heartland Bridge was provided by by Contech HDR Engineering worked closely with Douglas County Parks to design the Heartland Bridge so it would be safe, functional and attractive.
Kent Holm, who is in charge of Douglas County Parks, was quoted in the Omaha Herald saying that the wood and metal bridge will make Heartland Park more of a destination. Without the newest pedestrian bridge, the 31-acre park would have remained detached from the city owned 22-acre Lewis & Clark Landing.
The canopies over parts of the bridge provide protection from debris coming off Interstate 480. The bridge not only makes the walk safer, it also provides an open view of the bend in the Missouri River.