Is there any way to walk from Quincy to West Quincy?

Lead runners cross the Quincy Memorial Bridge back into Quincy as later starters head into Missouri across the Bayview Bridge during the Bridge the Gap to Health Race in May 2014. Outside of special events, pedestrians are not allowed on the bridges, which connect Quincy and West Quincy, Mo. | H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 12, 2017 12:01 am

Is there any way to walk from Quincy to West Quincy? I don't see a pedestrian lane on either of the bridges, and the lanes are too narrow to walk in the road.

You're correct that there is no sidewalk or pedestrian lane on either the Memorial or Bayview bridges. The bridges are not designed for foot traffic, and anyone caught walking on either bridge could be cited for illegal pedestrian use of a roadway.

Likewise, it is also illegal to walk across the railroad bridge near Quinsippi Island that is owned by BNSF. New no-trespassing signs were installed at the bridge last year.

Anyone caught trespassing on the railroad bridge -- or railroad tracks -- faces an automatic court appearance and a $150 fine.

If you really want to walk across the bridges from Quincy to West Quincy, sign up for the Bridge the Gap to Health Race, in which participants cross both of the spans. The annual race features a 5K, 10K and half-marathon course for runners, as well as a 5K leisure walk.

This year's race is set for May 20. Proceeds from the race support the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist Program to assist those who can't afford medications.

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