New foot bridge going in at Cottonwood Island Park

 

Nature lovers and admirers of Prince George’s parks and green spaces will be the beneficiaries of a new foot bridge in Cottonwood Island Park.

The City of Prince George has contracted the services of Nahanni Construction Ltd for the design and construction of a new bridge to replace the previous structure, which was washed away during the ice jam in the winter of 2007/2008.

“Prince George residents highly value their city parks, particularly destination parks like Cottonwood,” said engineering assistant Michael le Morvan. “Replacing this bridge has been on our to-do list for a long time so we would like to thank residents for their patience and Council for providing the means to undertake the operation this year.”

Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018. The bridge will feature parallel, fabricated structural steel supports with a wooden deck and will be located in the northwest end of the park. Construction had to wait until the fall when water levels are low enough to allow the work to move forward.

The project budget is $369,000.

Heritage River Trail Protection

The City of Prince George has acquired the services of DWB Consulting Services Ltd to explore and determine conceptual options for the provision and protection of the Heritage River Trail from Cottonwood Island Park west to the Cameron Street Bridge and a portion of the multi-use trails in the Park. Over the past number of years, these trails have been eroded and degraded by the Nechako River.

An open house on the report for Cottonwood Island Park will be held later this fall prior to its submission to council.