UPDATED BY ANDREW KOCH: The pedestrian bridge that connects the outer loop of the recreational trail in the Salisbury City Park to Picnic Island is officially open to the public after a year-long closure.
Mayor Jim Ireton was joined by city officials and Wicomico County Councilman John Hall for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new bridge this afternoon as residents walked, ran and biked by. The decking of the bridge over a prong of the Wicomico River had to be replaced because the bottom of it had corroded out. The project was completed just last week by Somerset Paving and Marine, which was awarded a contract from the Salisbury Public Works Department after submitting a low bid of $8,000.
Mayor Ireton recalled his memories of playing tennis in the park when he was young. He explained how reopening the bridge will make it easier for visitors to get from one part of the park to another. He says it'll now be easier for people to access the park's recreational opportunities.
ORIGINAL STORY BY KELLI STEELE
Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton will today host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Picnic Island pedestrian bridge in the City Park.
The bridge is located on the southwest side of the island; it was closed last year for repairs. The work was recently completed by Somerset Paving and Marine.
Public Works Director Teresa Gardner says Picnic Island is one of the more popular areas in the park and the City is happy that it is re-opening just in time for spring.
Today’s ribbon cutting is planned for 12:30 p.m.
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