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Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 1:17 p.m.
SPOKANE – Reconstruction of the north suspension pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park is complete, and the bridge will re-open to the public mid-day Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
The bridge received a new deck, repair/replacement of corroded steel floor beams, repair/replacement of lighting and electrical components, and safety upgrades to the historic railings. Work began in May 2021, and was completed on schedule and on budget. The bridge renovation cost $2.9 million dollars, and was funded through a package of grant and tax funds.
“This bridge is a key connector to the north bank and affords beautiful views of the spring runoff, and we are pleased to re-open it for the community this week,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane. “The north and south suspension bridges in Riverfront were built for Expo ’74, and this important project restored the north bridge for continued use far into the future.”
The south suspension bridge is in need of similar repairs, and the bridge remains safely open for the public to use while a funding plan is developed (with the exception of its closure to accommodate the north suspension bridge construction). The estimated budget for the south bridge is $2.2 million dollars, and Parks has applied for partial funding through several state and federal grant programs.
The south suspension bridge and snx? mene? island were temporarily closed to accommodate construction, and will also re-open mid-Wednesday.
Temporary overhead Avista power lines will remain in place until construction of the south suspension bridge is complete. Then, the power lines will be returned to their permanent location underneath the bridges.
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