Crossing the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

When you walk across a state line with camera in hand, and the line is clearly marked in paint, aren’t you required to stop and take a photo with a foot in each state? Okay, maybe not required, but certainly hard to resist. Thus, the photo below, in which we are half in Iowa and half in Nebraska on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, referred to more commonly as the Footbridge.

Connecting two states on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

The s-curved, cable stay, 3,000 foot long Footbridge that spans the Missouri River was built in 2008 to connect Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was the first pedestrian bridge to connect two states.

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On the Nebraska side of the bridge, you can sit for a bit near the refreshing fountain in Omaha Plaza or rent a bicycle through the Omaha B-Cycle program. The bridge connects with a network of 150 miles of trails in both states, perfect for a bike ride.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

We got to the bridge just before dusk, so we only walked across the bridge and back. By the time we were on our return trip, the sun had set, and we had a beautiful view of the Omaha skyline.

If you visit the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

The official address of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is 705 Riverfront Drive, just north of Downtown Omaha. However, parking is available on both sides of the bridge. Check the web site for further details.


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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in U.S. Long Cuts. We have since merged U.S. Long Cuts with Midwest Wanderer.

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