Construction Closing Clear Creek Trail Bridge For Year

The city has created some temporary work-arounds to provide bicyclists and pedestrians easy access as construction continues.

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The bridge is set to re-open in early 2013.

The city of Bloomington Public Works Department is working to replace a bridge on the Clear Creek Trail near the south side of town. The city has created some temporary work-arounds to provide bicyclists and pedestrians easy access as construction continues.

Construction barrels line the sides of Tapp Road near Weimer Road as city employees continue to work on an upgrade to the Clear Creek Trail. City of Bloomington Engineer Adrian Reed says an alternate path will be in place for the duration of the project.

“What we’re doing with the project is replacing the existing bridge for Clear Creek and to do that we wanted to maintain traffic when we were working on the bridge and so what people are seeing out there now is a temporary run around,” he says.

Reid adds that if traffic demands increase, the city could still widen Tapp Road.

“One of the nice new features of that bridge is that we’re actually providing a little bit more clearance so that we can squeeze a connection from the side path underneath the bridge to the Clear Creek trail head,” he says.

The project is expected to take about one year.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UPMHMRCPG734G2MJBIGOI55N3A Liam

    A couple questions, what are the problems with the bridge now, what are the improvements they will be making and why do we have to biuld another bridge (temporarily) that drops right into clear creek when we have enough bridges and other man made things effecting the wild life of the creek and of the area. Save the creek please.

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