Local residents recently helped UDOT ‘hand paint’ a bridge.
A pedestrian bridge that will be put into use over U-111 at 8200 South is decorated with the bright colored hand prints. The unusual adornment method was proposed by State Representative Jim Bird.
UDOT embraced the idea and extended an invitation to the public to participate. Many of the people who lent a hand to the project will also benefit from the structure once it’s put in place.
“It turned out to be a really great event,” says Andrea Gumm, Public Information Manager on the project. Initially, people who live in the area were targeted for participation. After a story about the upcoming event appeared in the media, word got out –“we got people from all over.” About one hundred people responded.
Gumm sees the hand prints as a way that people can feel some ownership of the structure. Those who showed up to “leave their mark” were really enthusiastic. She observed several children pointing out their hand prints and stating that they would remember and show their prints to friends once the bridge is in place.
The pedestrian-bridge was removed as part of work done on 7800 South and Bangerter Highway. Since the bridge still has some functional life, the structure will be put to good use on U-111 at 8200 South, a location that has been identified as needing a safer pedestrian crossing.
The bridge will be moved into place this fall.