Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, also known as the Footbridge, is a walking bridge connecting Council Bluffs, IA to Omaha’s Riverfront, just north of Downtown. The bridge opened on September 28, 2008, and is named after the Nebraska Senator who secured funding for the project, Senator Bob Kerrey.
The Bob Kerrey Footbridge is an s-curved cable-stayed bridge with a striking, modern design, perfect for a midday stroll or refreshing night time walk. It’s something of a must-see for visitors, especially at night, when the multi-colored lights are turned on and spiders spin impossibly long webs between the bridges many cables.
Though evening sometimes sees the bridge overly populated with packs of cigarette-smoking teens, the area is well-lit, conveniently accessible, and safe (police call buttons are located on the bridge). When the weather is nice, it makes for a great date night walk after an evening in the nearby Old Market!
The bridge is the first ever pedestrian bridge to connect two states, with plaques highlighting the point over the Missouri River where the state lines meet. This allows those walking the bridge to literally have one foot in Nebraska and one foot in Iowa!
Pedestrians and bicycle riders can travel from the Port of Omaha’s Miller Landing in Omaha to One Renaissance Center in Council Bluffs. Both the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the bridge connect to a vast network of paved trails, with access on the Nebraska side north to Kenefick Park (north), Levi Carter Park, and as far as N.P. Dodge Park, and south to the Heartland of America Park, Kenefick Park (south), and the Omaha Botanical Gardens/Lauritzen Gardens.
The Omaha landing of the 3000 foot long, 15 foot wide bridge features the Omaha Plaza, with bench seating, exhibits, a water jet spray fountain (perfect for hot days), a Fiber Wave Sculpture, play area, and a National Park Service Visitors Center.