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New walking trail bridge to open soon in downtown Montgomery

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The area where the bridge will cross from the amphitheater to the inlet. (Source: Google Maps) The area where the bridge will cross from the amphitheater to the inlet. (Source: Google Maps)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A new walking bridge should soon open to the public in downtown Montgomery.

The 230-foot "trail bridge" project runs from the Amphitheater toward North Court Street and will connect the amphitheater to the inlet.

Right now, though, city officials caution that the bridge is not ready for public use and ask that the public not to go down to it until the project is completed and made safe.

The project is not yet fully lighted or code-ready for use and will need rezoning by the city for public access. The rezoning is set to go before the Montgomery Planning Commission later in July and to the Montgomery City Council in early September.

Lois Cortell, the senior development manager for the city, said this new bridge is just one segment along a growing trail but calls it a "milestone".

"Ideally, this is part of a larger goal since the downtown plan in 2007 and how to improve access," Cortell said. "Longterm all the way to Northern Boulevard and beyond. This is a milestone and one of the more difficult segments."

City officials say the project is being paid for with a $100,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration through an ADECA grant. 

Five historic markers which were moved for the Wright Flyer Park have been restored and placed back along the trail, which runs from Wright Flyer Park to the amphitheater. 

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