Charley Western Recreational Trail Bridge official opens Sunday
By Bob Steenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2018, the 108-year-old Charley Western Recreational Trail Bridge — a former railroad bridge — tumbled into the Cedar River while a crew was attempting to dismantle it.
The bridge that has taken its place is ready for its official ribbon-cutting and mass crossing on Sunday afternoon.
Mayor Dean Andrews said the ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday. People are encouraged to gather on the west end of the bridge off Grand Avenue. Andrews encouraged those driving to the ceremony to park in the Comp Systems Treasure Chest parking lot.
“All are welcome to come and open the new bridge,” he said. “I think we’ll have a ribbon-cutting and walk across the bridge.”
Andrews said the lights have been installed on the bridge as well. Not originally included in the new bridge contract, the City Council approved adding the lights in June and private donations have paid the cost, he said.
“Sunday will also be the kickoff to lighting the trail from the bridge to Clark Street, which is a big project,” Andrews said.
“We don’t have all the facts and figures down yet as far as what that cost will be. We’ve been working with the lighting consultant who did the lights on the bridge as far as how many lights we’ll need,” he said.
“Sunday will be congratulations, we made it this far. Guess what? We’re going further.”