Expect to see a lot of excitement at Unity Park this summer, including installation of the park’s three pedestrian bridges.
On June 16, a 70-foot bridge was installed just upstream of the Reedy River crossing at Hudson Street. Prefabricated in Pickens, SC, the bridge arrived in once piece and was put in place with a crane. The bridge will open on July 9, along with the new Swamp Rabbit Trail extension on the north side of the river, next to Welborn Commons.
In mid-August, a 110-foot bridge will be installed upstream, closer to Mayberry Street. Also prefabricated, this larger bridge will be transported in two sections and placed with a crane.
Finally, construction of 165-foot Auro Bridge also will begin in mid-July. Made of weathered steel, this bridge will be constructed on-site, as specially trained crews suspended on cables work from both sides of the river. Bridge enthusiasts will be able to observe the construction from a special public viewing area adjacent to the new Swamp Rabbit Trail extension.
The two larger bridges will remain closed until the official opening of Unity Park in spring 2022.