DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The city is accepting bids until Thursday, Jan. 30 for the installation of new bridge abutments for the replacement of Riverwalk Trail footbridge over Fall Creek.
More than 200 sites in the city were damaged due to Hurricane Michael which affected the area in 2018, including the original bridge that washed away in the storm.
The installation project is estimated to cost more than $400,000, according to a statement from the city. The contract will be awarded in mid-February.
Parks and Recreation Director Bill Sgrinia said this cost does not include engineering costs, construction of road access, and a hydrologic study to focus on the potential impact on flooding downstream.
Sgrinia acknowledges that replacing the bridge has taken a longer time than originally planned for.
“The delay has been due to working through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s process, which could result in as much as 95% to 100% reimbursement for this project by FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM),” Sgrinia said.
The new bridge, when completed, will increase accessibility for trail users by increasing the width from six feet to 12 feet, according to the city. The bridge will also feature a concrete deck, which will make it harder for future storms to wash it away.
City officials say the bridge is expected to be completed by early summer.
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