Committee advocates for Pantops pedestrian bridge

Diane Berlin, who leads the Pantops Walkability Committee, says a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road would be safer for walkers and ease traffic, too. Staff photo Diane Berlin, who leads the Pantops Walkability Committee, says a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road would be safer for walkers and ease traffic, too. Staff photo

The Pantops Walkability Committee is hosting its first community meeting to discuss the need for a pedestrian bridge over Route 250 at Rolkin Road.

The committee, under the leadership of Diane Berlin, hopes retailers and residents in the Pantops area will support their vision for the proposed bridge, which would follow the Pantops master plan and make the area “an innovative and walkable community,” Berlin says.

“You take your life into your own hands,” she says about crossing Route 250 on foot. Calling the road “treacherous,” she says building a pedestrian bridge would reduce traffic by allowing people who live on one side to access the other’s retail and restaurant opportunities without ever getting behind the wheel.

A bridge similar to the one Berlin proposes at Rolkin Road already exists on Emmet Street.

Public input is welcome at the community meeting at the Broadus Memorial Baptist Church on Route 20 at 3pm on March 19.