New Westerville bridge provides safe passage for pedestrians
March 17, 2014 by Mark
Pedestrians hiking the Ohio to Erie Trail where it passes through Westerville will no longer have to worry about crossing County Line Road, one of the city’s busiest streets.
Contractors put a pedestrian bridge in place February 21, carrying the trail high above the street. The bridge is expected to open for use in late May.
It takes the form of a steel truss and is 106 feet long, with deck made of wood that should last 40 years without any chemical treatments necessary. The span is also the first bridge for pedestrian use in the city’s system of pathways, though there are a number of tunnels in use.
According to Randy Auler, who is the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department of Westerville, city residents have made it clear that they like the pathways and trails and making them safe and accessible is a priority for them.
Auler said it was important to make sure walkers were safe, particularly at this spot. He also noted that citizens wanted to see the pathway system expanded, since they consider it a vital amenity they can use in their own time, at leisure, since these are qualities they value highly. The trail is part of a system that runs statewide.
Westerville officials could work with a banner printing company to create colorful flags to decorate the bridge to celebrate its opening.