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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 16, 2017

Bids being taken for Lake Darling bridge

By David Hotle | Aug 08, 2017
A pedestrian bridge will be built to span a 150-foot gap in the east end of the silt dam, which will leave the project on track for a fall opening of the bridge.

 

 

BRIGHTON — Lake Darling State Park ranger Zach Haworth said that bids are due this Friday for a project to install a pedestrian bridge to span a 150-foot gap in the east end of the silt dam, which will leave the project on track for a fall opening of the bridge.

Haworth said the project has been moving quickly recently, He said the Friends of Lake Darling have received the final installment of the donation required to purchase the bridge. He said the Friends had also ordered the bridge. With bids coming in for the installation of the bridge, he said the contractor to install the bridge will be selected. He said a completion date for the project is in October.

“If all goes according to plan, the bridge should be delivered and installed by this fall,” he said.

Earlier this year it was reported Richland native Jerry B. Robinson, currently of Englewood, Colorado, had granted up to $200,000 to pay for installation of the bridge, which was given in four installments.

There will be additional components to the bridge project, such as paving the top of the chip and having a site across the abutments of the dam.

Friends fundraising committee member Fay Vittetoe said that as a boy, Robinson rode with his father in the seat of his father’s fuel truck to take fuel to the bulldozers building the first dam in Lake Darling.

In the past, Robinson donated a $100,000 matching grant to build the Four Seasons Lodge in the park, which was dedicated in 2008. He also donated a $50,000 matching grant for the Four Seasons cabins that were opened last fall.

Vittetoe commented that the names of people donating to projects would be displayed at the project site.

She believes the Friends will continue to work with park personnel to further the trail system, maybe to the boundaries of the park. She said the bridge is a “key component” to future development.

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