By Jody Spear –
MASON CITY – The Mason City Parks Department is completing work on the walking bridge north of Big Black, just west of South Pierce Avenue.
The project started on Tuesday, November 1st. The work began with replacing old, uneven planks with newer and wider boards. The widening of the bridge will make for safer passage of pedestrians.
(PHOTO: Mason City Parks Department employee Doc Adams explains the project.)
Doc Adams, who works for the Mason City Parks Department and is doing the work, said, “We are welding posts on now and will be attaching chain linked fence that will go the length of the bridge. The bridge is safe and can be walked on.”
The chain linked fence will be six feet high and the wooden rails will be removed. “We were lucky to be able to use some of the materials from the Delaware Bridge. It saves on the cost. The cost, I don’t know for sure, but I believe it was budgeted in.”
The project will be complete by next spring. It will make it nicer for people to use, Adams said. “A person riding a bike and a person walking can pass each other with no problem, or even two bikes will be able to pass each other. Right now, most of the time, the bike rider has to get off his bike and push it across, but next year they’ll be able to ride across,” he said.
“The widening of the bridge will make it so we can get a tractor across it in the winter time. We’ll be able to remove the snow easier.”
Adams was happy to being working on this bridge. “Where else can you work and get fresh air and view like this?”