Thursday, November 10, 2011
Steamboat Springs City officials expect a majority of the work on the pedestrian bridge over the Yampa River from West Lincoln Park to the Depot Art Center across to be complete by the end of the month.
“There will be incomplete items of work that will have to be completed in the spring, but the bridge should be in and we hope to have it functional over the winter,” City Engineer Ben Beall said.
When it’s complete, the bridge will link the Yampa River Core Trail on both sides of the river and allow users to avoid crossing 13th Street.
Favorable weather has allowed Native Excavating to make good progress on the bridge, Beall said. He said a temporary road to get equipment to the park side of the construction site was installed and the bridge’s foundation has been excavated and installed.
The last major item to be completed before winter is getting the bridge in place, which is scheduled for the next week or two, Beall said. He said the concrete approach and vegetation would be completed next spring.
When it’s done, Beall said the bridge would look similar to the pedestrian bridge at Ninth Street, but with less of an arc.
The $780,000 bridge is being paid for mostly by grants, including nearly $700,000 in Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund dollars and Federal Highway Administration Enhancement grant funding, Beall said. He said the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city split the $80,000 in design costs.