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 back open following renovations
WILMINGTON (Sept. 17, 2014) – Almost two months to the day it was closed for repair, the “Swinging Bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, has re-opened, following extensive renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington, and is a main artery for commuters who use the trail regularly to walk and bicycle to and from work and various other destinations.
“We are excited that the ‘Swinging Bridge’ is back open,” said DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation Director Ray Bivens. ”We expected the renovations to take three months to complete, and it’s now ready for Fall activities – a month before we anticipated renovations would be finished. “These improvements have not only made the bridge safe again, it has also added enhancements to make the bridge better than it was before.”
The renovations, part of the Governor’s Trails and Pathways initiative, included new timber decking and metal hardware, and the entire bridge was cleaned and repainted. The bridge also received enhancements to increase compliance with ADA requirements.
The bridge was constructed in 1909 and had not had a major overhaul for some 20 years. The estimated life span of the renovation is more than 30 years.
Vol. 44, No. 317