Steeling ourselves for a new bridge in Cottonwood Island Park

 

Workers install decking and ramps on the new footbridge in Cottonwood Island Park. Bill Phillips photo
Workers install decking and ramps on the new footbridge in Cottonwood Island Park. Bill Phillips photo

BY BILL PHILLIPS

bill@pgdailynews.ca

If Mother Nature, either with a flood or ice jam, wants to take out the new footbridge in Cottonwood Island Park like it did the old one, it will have a tough job on its hands.

The metal girders that will support the bridge were installed across the 30 metre span last week. And yes, the workers were out installing the steel girders in the -25 Celsius temperatures.

The old footbridge was destroyed by an ice jam on the Nechako River in 2007 and council approved the $369,000 replacement project, which us under budget and expected be complete by spring, says project engineer Michael Le Morvan.

The steel span will be the base for wood decking and rails, which workers are now constructing.

“They are doing the ramps to access the bridge,” said Le Morvan. “The ramp is designed for a five per cent slope. What that means it will help with accessibility. People with difficulties and mothers with strollers can go across the bridge, no problem.”

The bridge will also allow for better use of the park, overall, by creating another easy entrance.