DIA Axes Calatrava-Designed Bridge

DENVER (AP) – Denver International Airport has decided against using renowned architect Santiago Calatrava’s design for a dramatic, arced bridge over Pena Boulevard that would have carried a new commuter train line from downtown Denver.

Airport officials said Tuesday they will save at least $20 million by letting the Regional Transportation District build a basic bridge instead.

Calatrava’s vision was for the bridge to be an iconic gateway to the city for travelers, but the airport has said it won’t build what it can’t afford.

The airport’s $500 million south terminal redevelopment project still largely incorporates Calatrava’s conceptual designs for a new hotel, public plaza and concession space attached to the airport. The airport is using its revenues and bonds to fund the redevelopment project.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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