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Albany Tech opens new pedestrian bridge

Albany Tech now has a way to connect several of its programs with the rest of campus in a safe way. / Mary Green

Albany Tech now has a way to connect several of its programs with the rest of campus in a safe way.

The school was joined by members of local and state government as they cut the ribbon on a new pedestrian bridge Tuesday morning.

The goal is to allow students, faculty and staff to safely cross S. Slappey Blvd. as they move between campuses, with some programs, along with the student center and library, on the east side, and other programs, including industrial systems, megatronics, operations management and quality assurance, on the west side.

Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker said that’s become even more important as more students enroll in their Move on When Ready program.

Parker said the bridge will also help them look toward the future.

“It’s also great to give the campus some flexibility in the future for growth needs,” he said. “If we need to expand and grow, then we can potentially grow on the west side of Slappey.”

Albany Tech said plans have been in the works for this bridge since 2009.

It cost $1.3 million to build, which was funded by SPLOST.

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