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An update for residents on the Pedestrian Bridge closure:

A notice to residents that a section of the dike trail from the bridge to the 7th street lift station will be closed periodically next week for rock hauling and removal from the north side of the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge.

The North side of the bridge is expected to be lowered on Monday, December 11th, and associated cleanup work is expected to be complete by the end of the week. Barricades will be placed at the trail access points as needed during times of active work.

The Town of Golden has been notified by the contractor that work on the Pedestrian Bridge is going well.

The bridge is expected to reopen to the public on December 15th and remain open over the holiday season. Superstructure work to the bridge will begin in the first week of January, 2018. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of January, 2018.

“Closure dates will be subject to change, pending the speed of progress of necessary repair works to the supporting timber structures as communicated to the public previously this year,” says Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard. “Closure signs will be posted on site, and we will inform residents of any changes as information is provided to us by the project manager.”

As a result of changes to the original bridge design, superstructure additions and adjacent landscaping, rain and melt water has been inadvertently and to varying degrees, directed toward the abutments and bottom chord bearing points, subjecting them to long term and continual moisture.

Structural timbers subjected to continuous moisture has resulted in premature decay and failure of the foundational elements of the Bridge since its construction 16 years ago.

A scheduled condition assessment of the structure in 2016 uncovered these structural issues and causes for failure.

“The findings came as a complete shock to staff,” says Town Chief Administrative Officer Jon Wilsgard. “Admittedly, we hadn’t conducted any detailed structural inspections since it was built, but for something that is supposed to last several centuries, to be in this bad a shape after so little time is something that could have never been reasonably forecast.”

Funding for the repairs comes through Town of Golden reserves, the Resort Municipality Initiative, and a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust.