|The trail between Murray Lane and Lockwood Lane where a new pedestrian bridge will be installed.|
Fairfax County has found the money to replace the old, unsafe pedestrian bridge it removed in the Broyhill Crest neighborhood after all, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross informed residents.
In an April 20 email to the Broyhill Crest community, Gross said she and Frank Vajda, the Mason representative on the Park Authority Board, continued to work with Park Authority staff on finding a way to replace the bridge. “Leaving the community bereft of a pedestrian crossing for a long period of time was unacceptable,” she says.
“I am happy to report that the Park Authority came through, funding has been identified, and the order for a new fiberglass bridge has been placed,” she reports.
The prefabricated bridge is expected to be delivered in about four weeks, Gross says. “In the meantime, Park Authority maintenance staff will be working at the site to stabilize the stream banks and prepare for installation of bridge foundations prior to the placement of the new bridge.” The project should be completed in about six weeks.
Gross estimates using park maintenance staff instead of contractors for some of the work will save about $20,000 but can't say what the final cost will be because “we don’t know what problems they might run into.” The county will still have to hire contractors to install the piers and do some of the stream restoration work, she says.
Local residents who had complained about the unsafe bridge for years and urged the county to fix it had been disappointed that the county would simply remove it without any plans for replacing it.