What once was a ho-hum, slightly worse-for-wear bridge over Hawcreek is about to be unveiled as a stylish gateway to the east side of Columbus.

Motorists can catch a glimpse of improvements in the State Street Revitalization Project this morning when all four lanes of traffic open at State Street and Central Avenue, signifying completion of the first of a multi-phase improvement project.

The city spent $2.1 million on the bridge improvements, designed to more stylishly connect downtown Columbus to the east side of the city.

The phase also includes a People Trail connection on Central Avenue to the bridge and includes two plazas on each side of the bridge with several benches, brick pavers and lighting.

An 8-foot walking path was installed on the north side of the bridge, while a 6-foot sidewalk was added on the south side, designed to encourage pedestrians and bicyclists to explore both sides of the bridge.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com