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City-funded pedestrian bridge approved for Universal Orlando

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Apr 11, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
The Orlando City Council passed a vote this week that would allow the city to spend $4.5 million to build a new pedestrian bridge near Universal Studios. The bridge would connect the theme park with its newest hotel, Cabana Bay Resort, opening in March of 2014. This bridge has been quite a source of contention in the city since the plans were announced. Opposition to the funding is upset that the bridge will primarily be used for Universal hotel guests, even though the city is paying for it. Cabana Bay will be located on Kirkman Road and the bridge will span Hollywood Way, allowing hotel guests to avoid the busy road.

This bridge is part of a larger $9 million investment on the city’s part, that would also include making enhancements to Hollywood Way and Adventure Way. City commissioners say "it's critical to support companies like Universal that bring jobs and drive tourism, and the $9 million would come from a fund specifically set aside to make transportation improvements in the Universal area, money that essentially can’t be spent on anything else."