Pedestrian bridge over North Coast Harbor in the works

The rendering of a proposed North Coast Harbor pedestrian bridge in 2016. (Rosales + Partners)

Remember the plans for the North Coast Harbor pedestrian drawbridge connecting Voinovich Park to the plaza near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

After nine years, $6 million project could be on its way to fruition.

The city of Cleveland is working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the project, and bids for the work are due Feb. 15, said city spokesman Dan Williams.

The concept grew from a 2004 lakefront plan under Mayor Jane Campbell. The idea is to connect ad energize the park at the end of the East 9th Street pier — home of kickball and sand volleyball leagues, the Goodtime III and Nuevo Modern Mexican to the Rock Hall and Great Lakes Science Center.

The bridge would open to let boats in and out of the Rock & Dock transient marina behind the Rock Hall.

In 2009, the city gave a thumbs up to a proposal by architect Miguel Rosales of Boston of a curving span supported by harplike cables.

But after years of federal and state consideration, the city rejected the original design with a drawbridge from engineering firm CDM Smith, which originally partnered with Rosales.

Williams said the engineer’s estimate is not yet available, and there’s no schedule yet for building the span.

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