C. Wayne Taylor alerted me that the City has finally bought the new canal bridge. Oregon Hill has been waiting for roughly 8 years for this, since the awarding of state grants. The idea is to replace the current bridge that was built by volunteers. Midtown to Midriver Greenway Enhancement North Bank Trail over Kanawha […]
C. Wayne Taylor alerted me that the City has finally bought the new canal bridge. Oregon Hill has been waiting for roughly 8 years for this, since the awarding of state grants. The idea is to replace the current bridge that was built by volunteers.
Midtown to Midriver Greenway Enhancement
North Bank Trail over Kanawha Canal
Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
CIP No. 0401308908-8915
September 20, 2010
Procurement number IFB J11114-1
The city of Richmond has selected a contractor to construct a pedestrian bridge across Kanawha Canal. The pedestrian bridge will be located underneath the Lee Bridge. The cost of the bridge is $259,450.00.
He goes on to say:
If the Kanawha Canal is ever restored and used, the pedestrian bridge will restrict overhead access on the canal. Allowing two feet for the depth of water, the overhead clearance in the center of the canal will be approximately 5.8 feet.
The question is, what will it mean for future riverfront development? OHNA originally asked for a rounded bridge that would allow canal boats to eventually return. We were told that type bridge would be too expensive, but our concerns would be taken into consideration. The fact that we are getting a flat bridge should not be a surprise (even if it is disappointing).
excerpt from the Sept 19, 2009 post link above:
Officially the project is called the “North Bank Trail Pedestrian Bridge Replacement”, and what its really about is a new bridge that will cross the historic Kanawha Canal near the Lee Bridge and enable pedestrians to make their way to the James River Park. The flat bridge will be placed so that it can be raised easily later to accommodate canal development and possibly the return of canal boats. The money for this is coming from greenway grants that the neighborhood association previously applied for and won.