The Park Boulevard Bridge over Salt Creek near S. 1st Street will close to vehicular traffic Monday, June 28 but will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists. The bridge currently connects the Bison, Salt Creek Levee and Jamaica North trails.
Digital message signs are in place this week advising motorists of the upcoming change. Drivers are advised to use Van Dorn, Pioneers and Highways 2 and 77. Access to Wilderness Park north of Pioneers is from S. 1st Street.
The Park Boulevard Bridge was built as a three-span bridge in 1946 and was extended to a five-span, 195-foot bridge in 1963. A 2009 traffic count shows it carries about 550 vehicles per day.
The City reduced the bridge's load limits in January 2010 to extend its useful life while determining its future. The City evaluated options for the removal, replacement and rehabilitation of the bridge. In making its decision, the City considered the current and proposed street network, emergency access, and access to area residences, businesses, parks and trails. Closing the bridge to vehicles will allow it to serve as a trail bridge for another 15 years. At that time the bridge will need to be replaced.
The City Public Works and Utilities Department inspects bridges in the City every two years on a rotating basis.
For more information, contact Erika Nunes, Public Works and Utilities Department, 441-5675 or Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation Department, 441-7939.