Finally! The bike and pedestrian bridge over Rose Creek is finished. As an avid bike rider, I ride the circuit around Mission Bay all the time. My bicycling buddies and I have been waiting for this crucial link to be done and over with, so we can avoid running along the very busy streets that surround the Park.
Constructed for a year and coming in at $2.9 million, the bridge – renamed the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge after the former Mission Beach-based San Diego City councilman – was dedicated yesterday, April 20th. Many of us remember Mike Gotch fondly. He passed away a few years ago from skin cancer.
Originally called the Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge, the project – as the City informs us –
“is the vital missing link between the existing regional bicycle network that connects the existing bicycle facility along Pacific Beach Drive to the Class I bikeway at North Mission Bay Drive. This project is described and in conformance with the Mission Bay Master Plan and the Pacific Beach Master Plan. This bridge and bikeway will create a safe and convenient route over Rose Creek and significantly help minimize the use of Grand Avenue as the only route over the Creek.”
The 260 foot bridge is over Rose Creek – an active and alive waterway that empties into northeast Mission Bay – one of 3 real creeks in the area – connects North Mission Bay Drive to Pacific Beach Drive. The City also promises that “a total of 0.28 miles of new bikeway will be constructed from Rose Creek to Lee Street, between the properties of Mission Bay High School and Campland.” Go here for more City background info on the bridge.
Councilman Kevin Faulconer – who represents Ocean Beach – was on hand to dedicate the Memorial Bridge as Council President Pro Tem.
The new bridge does nearly complete a bike and pedestrian path that goes around Mission Bay. I say “nearly” because bicyclists still have to take a few street sections to complete the loop.