Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Riverfront Park Bridge Gets Weight Restrictions

New weight restrictions have been imposed on the South Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park, in an effort to extend its useful life. This bridge is adjacent to the Rotary Riverfront fountain in Riverfront Park.

For the most part, this shouldn't affect you (if it does, we need to talk about your commute route) as this bridge is only used for limited service and special event vehicles. The new restrictions will ban all trucks and cars from using it. Fencing will be installed to cordon off a 25’ section of the bridge to help reduce pedestrian loading.

A commissioned study determined this bridge has deteriorated to the point where reducing the load is the only way to extend its life. This is the only bridge inside the park that has these restrictions.

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