Thursday, March 11, 2010

Greenway Bridge Behind Schedule

The footers are in place for the new Wiley Drive low-water bridge on the Roanoke River Greenway, but the bridge won't be ready until May at the earliest.^

Like so much that has happened with the Roanoke River Greenway, the new low-water bridge being built on Wiley Drive--replacing the ancient concrete structure that served more as a dam than a bridge--will be late. It was to have been finished by now, according to original plans, but the diva of the Greenway, Liz Belcher, says it will be completed by May at the earliest because of bad weather, mostly.

Not only has this bridge been delayed (and work in proceeding on it despite disruption of the Roanoke River logperch breeding season, which wasn't supposed to happen), but the bicycle bridge that is to link the Wasena Park section of the greenway with the new section below Black Dog Salvage (the old trailer park) won't likely be completed before September, Liz says. She says that bridge is, indeed, being delayed because of the prohibition of work during the logperch season. (Seems the Army Corps of Engineers, which is building the low-water bridge replacement answers to its own gods.)

The greenway bridge, by the way will be "huge. You can't imagine," says Liz. I, for one, can't wait. But I guess I'll have to.

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