A bridge that provides hikers and bikers access over Salt Creek in Wilderness Park is being temporarily closed to allow for structural evaluation. The bridge is located between Pioneers Boulevard and Old Cheney Road.
Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the closure is a precautionary measure. The bridge will remain closed until the structural evaluation is completed in about two weeks. The evaluation is being conducted by Speece Lewis Engineers, Inc. which recently completed an investigation into the July 21st collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Wilderness Park about half a mile north of Saltillo Road.
The City Public Works and Utilities Department has visually inspected the remaining 11 trail bridges in Wilderness Park. The collapsed bridge and one in the middle of the park have been blocked off. On July 23rd, a 65-foot bridge over a tributary between Densmore Park and Salt Creek was closed due to bank erosion. The three bridges remain closed.
The City has established a new inspection program for all pedestrian bridges in the City. The City will conduct a visual inspection of the bridges by quadrants on a four-year cycle. The bridges that are more than 20 feet in length will be inspected by certified bridge inspectors on a six-year cycle.