Cindy Todd, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9231; or Beth Shockley, Public Affairs at 302-739-9902
Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge in
Wilmington State Parks’
Brandywine Park to close Monday
WILMINGTON (June 20, 2014) – The “swinging bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, will close for renovations starting Monday morning, June 23. It will remain closed as long as three months for renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington.
Signs have been in place for several weeks to notify trail users of the closure in advance.
“The ‘Swinging Bridge’ has become unsafe for trail users due to rotting planks and aging hardware,” said Ray Bivens, Director of Delaware State Parks. “These renovations will not only make the bridge safe again, but will also add improvements to make the bridge better than it was before.”
The renovations, part of the Governor’s Trails and Pathways initiative, will include new timber decking and metal hardware, and the entire bridge will be cleaned and repainted. The bridge will also receive enhancements to increase compliance with ADA requirements.
The existing bridge was constructed in 1909 and has not had a major overhaul for approximately 20 years. The estimated life span of the proposed renovation is over 30 years.
Vol. 44, No.212