UNO Graduate Professor op-ed: Kerrey Bridge popular, well used
The writer, Donald L. Greer, Ph.D, is a professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Since its opening in September 2008, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge has been the occasional target of criticism as useless "government pork." But, by and large, it also seems to have become a relatively popular community attraction and, at least to some degree, a symbol of Omaha's downtown redevelopment and the "Back to the River" movement.
During May 2011, graduate students, using a carefully developed checklist, counted all entries to the Kerrey Bridge from the Omaha side from 8 a.m. until midnight on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All counts were done prior to the flooding that occurred along the Missouri River during the summer and fall.
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