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Bethlehem Pedestrian Bridge Feasibility Study Community Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Stacey Blankin
21:44
Thank you for joining. If you can’t stay until the end, please share your comments on our brief survey: https://bit.ly/3kdHq7j
Stacey Blankin
24:04
We will have an open discussion at the end of the presentation but feel free to share comments or questions during the presentation.
Stacey Blankin
33:57
You may access a copy of this presentation at www.bridgebethlehem.com tomorrow morning.
Stacey Blankin
36:04
As Jared mentioned, you can share your feedback on the alternatives shared tonight here: https://bit.ly/3kdHq7j
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
43:19
will people be able to fish from the bridge span across the river?
Donald Miles
44:35
The bridge is high over the river. At our very early community meetings at the Ice House, the overwhelming consensus was to have the bridge cross the river relatively low and then have an incline or tower to get over the railroad. Was a lower over the river main-stretch of the bridge considered in the study?
Donald Miles
46:40
There was also a consensus at those early meetings to have the bridge-width sufficient fo separate walkers and bicycleists rather than a narrower shared pathway.
Albert Wurth
46:51
Did you measure the noise from the nearby roads on the bridge and either side of the river, along with the railroad noise near the “plazas”?
Hillary Kwiatek (she/her)
47:15
Excited to see the proposed stair/ramp to Payrow Plaza. I think that's so important.
Will N.
55:59
Is that estimated increase in property values clustered in a certain area? Will the north side benefit more than the south?
Alloy5
56:02
Can you tell us how the consumer activity at local businesses figure ($6 million increased annually) was determined?
Lynn Rothman
57:21
How were other quality of life benefits calculated?
Anthony Viscardi
58:08
I would like to make some design suggestions in reference to main nodal points
Bob Walden
01:02:11
Seems like a big waste of money, given the urgent need for low income housing, and we already have pedestrian walkways in the vicinity of the proposed bridge.
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
01:02:12
Where does the money come from to pay for the bridge, how concerned about the cost should we be?
Nathaly Rodriguez
01:02:47
What is your target audience for the bridge? Is it the Bethlehem community or tourist?
Albert Wurth
01:03:15
Doesn't the diagonal nature of two of theoptions (particularly the expensive one)
Brian and Sharon Wiles-Young
01:06:42
Thank you for giving the explanations for the width of the bridge. I do think it is important to have a width that allows for a separate flow of bikes and flow for walkers
Albert Wurth
01:06:59
that diagonal makes one direction easy while making the other hard (downstream/upstream) on ones side or the other. The fairest direction would make the bridge nearly perpendicular to the river,
Albert Wurth
01:09:18
My example might be a trip from Lehigh to city hall or Hotel Bethlehem (via steelstacks?)
cheryldougan
01:09:36
The concept is wonderful. North and South Bethlehem have been too divided for too long. Walkable cities are better and safer communities because the citizens connect through “coincidence.” I think it is important to provide gathering places, on both banks…a place for a morning coffee or evening wine, or juice bar…intimate spaces that generate conversation and interaction. As for parallel needs for affordable housing…this bridge offers alternative transportation…no fuel costs, bicycle access, access to the natural environment.
Albert Wurth
01:10:17
Noise question relates to height of bridge anc closeness to rail and car bridges.
Hillary Kwiatek (she/her)
01:11:34
YES!!
Lenore Pitsilos
01:11:45
yes connecting the plaza is the key
Donald Miles
01:14:15
I regret I must leave this great meeting to help lead another Zoom meeting -- that one about the effort to upgrade Delaware Water Gap Nat. Recreation Area to PA and NJ's first National Park! Thank you so much for this presentation. - Don Miles, chairman of Sierra Club of Pennsylvania
cheryldougan
01:14:48
I love the diagonal options, providing visual interest; I can’t imagine a 4th direct bridge across the Lehigh. This bridge needs to be special, a respite, slowing the pace of life. I am also enthusiastic about addressing the green space on the north side. We have the great gift of the Lehigh River that we’ve basically ignored to date. Time to create a river view! A nature walk! The history of Bethlehem, connecting the Steel Mills on the South Side to the Moravian Industrial Quarter on the North Side. I think this project would contribute to our becoming a Unesco site.
breenaholland
01:15:29
What is the width of the third option in comparison to the width of the river at the narrowest viewable spot? I ask this because it looks like the third option is almost half as wide as the river at certain spots, and I feel like that really takes away from or overwhelms the river. It makes the whole thing as much about the bridge as about the river. The proportion seems peculiar, although I have no design expertise.
Stacey Blankin
01:16:26
If you’d like to add further comments: please submit them here: https://bit.ly/3kdHq7j
Kim
01:17:44
I think it would be essential to support the locally owned small businesses in the core of our Southside business districts with fairly direct access to/from the bridge, as well as serve commuters who don't have (or may not want to use) cars. The Webster connections would be so much more central for both reasons!
Grace Smith
01:18:35
What about access over the Norfolk Southern rail lines? Has that been addressed?
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
01:21:08
Is it possible to consider a roof over the bridge? Thinking that shade along the bridge would help with hot summer days for folks to be comfortable. Also be nice if it were raining.
Connor M Moriarty
01:21:17
Hello all, two questions:1. Will this presentation be made available for us to review?2. What is the process and timeline for making these big decisions, (such as location, width, etc )and how will you ensure that the community will be participants in the decision making process?
breenaholland
01:25:40
Can you please show the third option
cheryldougan
01:26:25
A special heartfelt thanks to Doug Royston who was so instrumental in igniting conversation about a pedestrian bridge. Such structures have had an enormously positive impact on communities around the world.
Liz Rosencrans, D&L (she/her)
01:28:21
I have to run- thank you so much for putting the time and effort into evaluating ways to connect the north and south side via a pedestrian bridge with River access! This is an amazing project. I know the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) would especially love to see a connection between the D&L to the Southside Greenway Trail, which this bridge would facilitate in a safe manor.
Lenore Pitsilos
01:32:54
I like #2
Hillary Kwiatek (she/her)
01:33:22
We got the poll and answered.
Lenore Pitsilos
01:33:29
how do we vote no options
Lenore Pitsilos
01:34:01
I can see the poll
breenaholland
01:34:11
I did not participate because I want to return to the slides before voting.
Albert Wurth
01:34:22
is it possible to click all that you like, rather than pick one or all ? I have voted for 1 and 2
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
01:34:24
id like to change my vote from 1 to 2!
cheryldougan
01:34:46
Option #3 has a particular grace to it’s design. Sorry, it’s the most expensive
Albert Wurth
01:36:33
are bike lanes 16 feet wide?
Lenore Pitsilos
01:37:42
I would like to see on and off lanes for bikes only too.
Will N.
01:37:56
I can’t imagine 16’ width allowing for comfortable travel — 25’ should be the minimum, I think
cheryldougan
01:39:34
Love the green space landing/destination on Polk St
Albert Wurth
01:40:44
how wide are the walkways on the two existing bridges
Sonja
01:41:15
So glad to see so many City Council Persons on the session.
Kim
01:42:17
Agreed, Sonja!
Lenore Pitsilos
01:42:30
sorry I missed the poll, I pick 2
Stacey Blankin
01:42:55
Link to the google form: https://bit.ly/3kdHq7j'
cheryldougan
01:43:45
Curious…What if Alternative 1 could be made wider, 25’ blended with #3. I like the minimalism of option 1 and the trajectory of option 3.
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
01:44:09
I like alt 2 but wish alt 2 had some shade structures though like alt 3 ahs
Catherine’s iPad
01:44:09
The poll didn’t ask specifically about the bridge support design features
Kim
01:44:46
Also love that the Webster options feed right into the heart of the Historic Conservation District!
cheryldougan
01:44:57
Thank you so much for hosting this discussion!
Lenore Pitsilos
01:45:27
What I like about #3 is the least amount of structures in the water, but I like the river walk and straight walk across the river of #2
mandy tolino
01:45:33
Thank you!
Hillary Kwiatek (she/her)
01:45:45
Thank you for this great presentation!
Hillary Kwiatek (she/her)
01:46:03
And I really appreciated hearing from so many residents - great discussion.
Rachel Leon
01:46:10
I may have missed this but when will you stop taking input on the website.
Will N.
01:46:36
Thank you!
Jared McKnight, WRT
01:46:42
We will be gathering input through the Google Form link for the next week, likely through the end of next week, and then will need to start incorporating those comments into the final plan!
Brian and Sharon Wiles-Young
01:46:53
thanks for the information and for getting more feedback from the community
Stacey Blankin
01:47:30
Thank you all: www.bridgebethlehem.com
Stacey Blankin
01:48:01
This presentation and the questions will be posted to the site tomorrow morning. Please encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to share their comments.
Matt MacConnell, Pennsylvania
01:48:10
nice job with tefhnology!
Allen Wilson
01:48:12
Thank you