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Design work begins on pedestrian bridges in Historic Firestone

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By The Staff

FIRESTONE — The town expects to have two new pedestrian bridges installed sometime this fall after their purchase was approved June 11 by the Board of Trustees.

The bridge manufacturer will now complete its structural design while Town staff makes final adjustments to the abutment structural design. The Firestone Public Works department will begin construction later this summer and installation is expected in early September.

The first bridge will be installed at the south end of the Jacob H. Firestone Memorial Park located at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Grant Avenue. This area of the trail has a downward slope where water and ice have traditionally collected causing unsafe passage. The second bridge will allow direct access to the trail through the Firestone Villas neighborhood off of Venice Avenue. Both of the bridges will protect health and safety concerns for patrons of the trail, as well as provide a safer route to school for students.

The bridges will be funded through the Parks Impact Fee Fund. The expenditure was approved by the Firestone Board of Trustees as part of the 2014 budget process.