Augustana College students walk across the Obama Bridge to get to class. Photo by Giang Do | Augustana Observer
Augustana College students walk across the Obama Bridge to get to class. Photo by Giang Do | Augustana Observer

Obama Bridge: the challenges of creating an accessible campus

While the Obama Bridge adheres to ADA compliance, a problem lies at the top of the ramp.


Students on Augustana’s campus take the same paths and shortcuts every day. Whether they trek up the Olin Stairs or take Gerber’s first-floor elevator to avoid the stairs, these mindless shortcuts make walks across campus easier. For most, these paths are convenient; but for some, they are inaccessible. 

One of these shortcuts is the Obama Bridge, connecting the lower campus to upper campus housing. Since its completion in 2009, the bridge allows more accessibility on campus. At the top of the bridge, however, there is no accessible shortcut to enter one of the bridge user’s main destinations: the Swanson Commons. Students have to go entirely around the building to reach the accessible entrance. Read more…


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