Construction started last week on a pedestrian bridge to Hamilton’s newest park.
The bridge across the Corvallis Canal will offer access to the new Steve Powell Park that runs along the Bitterroot River on the western edge of Hamilton.
The park was recently donated by the Bitter Root Land Trust to the city.
The trust led the $70,000 fundraising effort to build the bridge that will span the 50-foot-wide canal.
“When we started down this path, we didn’t think it would be as much of a challenge or as expensive as it was to build the bridge,” said the land trust’s executive director, Gavin Ricklefs. “We were super lucky that the community is as generous as it is. People see this new park as a positive amenity to the community and they stepped up in a big way.”
Funders included the Rapp Family Foundation.
Floodplain issues added to the cost of the project.
Ricklefs hopes that people will avoid the area near the city’s sewage treatment plant while construction is underway on the new bridge.
The timing of the construction is weather dependent.
“Much of excavation is dependent on weather,” Ricklefs said. “They anticipate that the construction could be completed in a couple of weeks if we have a good weather window. Until then, it’s just a good time to stay away from there and give the construction workers the space they need to work.”