$15 Mil. Grant To Fund Skybridge
By TODD WESSELL
Journal & Topics Editor
Construction of a new pedestrian skybridge connecting Rosemont’s 520,000 sq. ft. fashion outlet mall with the village’s massive Williams Street parking garage could begin in about two months, the Journal & Topics Newspapers has learned.
Rosemont Village Board members today (Wednesday) are expected to approve a proposal to build the overhead walkway that will allow thousands of people attending events at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and staying at nearby hotels to walk to the shopping center without having to deal with inclemate weather.
Mayor Brad Stephens yesterday (Tuesday) said a $15 million state grant will fund the project as well as restoration work of the multi-level Williams Street garage, which is located directly east of the village’s entertainment district.
Rosemont recently completed major improvements to its existing skybridges that link the Hyatt Hotel, convention center and a public parking garage on the east to the Williams Street garage and several hotels on the west side of River Road. The new skybridge will be built over Balmoral Avenue and connect to the mall’s parking garage.
“We’re still waiting on the drawings,” said Stephens. “I hope we can complete the project this year. The skybridge will prevent people from going out in the elements.” He said that in the future, the overhead walkway could also be connected to the Rosemont Theatre on River Road.
Stephens said the new walkway will be similar to the stretch of skybridge between the Williams garage and the Aloft hotel just south of MB Financial Park at Rosemont. He added that Degan Rosato and Power will perform construction work saying they built the village’s two parking garages that are connected to the skybridge system.