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Massive skybridge across Central to be lifted

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This is a before photo as construction workers, cranes and trucks prepare to raise and connect a 280-foot-long, 100-ton skybridge between Presbyterian Hospital, on the left, over Central to the new Ronald McDonald Charity Guest House that is part of the Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel on the right. The initial work is expected to last the rest of the week.. (Image Courtesy Titan Development)

Construction to lift the 100-ton skybridge linking Presbyterian Hospital and the newly built Ronald McDonald House Charity Guest House on Central Avenue near Interstate 25 started Monday and is scheduled to last through Friday, according to a spokesman for the project.

During that time, Central Avenue between Oak Street and Spruce Street will be closed to traffic and the public while construction crews work to raise and connect the already built 280-foot-long, 100-ton skybridge across Central Avenue between the two buildings, Titan Development spokesman Ian Robertson told the Journal.

Completion on the skybridge, to be about 20 feet above Central, is set for December.

Robertson said the project is unique since it is the first time a skybridge has connected a Ronald McDonald Charity Guest House to a hospital. Typically the guest houses are located inside of a hospital or on a nearby campus, much like the already existing guest house located north of the University of New Mexico.

“The idea was to expand and make a localized campus near Presbyterian,” he said

Robertson said the project is also notable since the guest house is located on a floor of the newly built Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel which opened on Oct. 1.

The lifting of the skybridge is the latest development in The Highlands mixed-use redevelopment project which broke ground in spring of 2019. Once completed, the project will include the hotel, apartments, retail, restaurants and other mixed-use buildings.

Titan Development and Maestas Development Group are overseeing the project, Jaynes Construction is managing the construction of the skybridge and Dekker/Perrich/Sabatini is the architect.

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