After 10 years, Redstone gets a pedestrian bridge |

After 10 years, Redstone gets a pedestrian bridge

Lee Sanne Buchanan

A huge crane will settle a new pedestrian bridge into place across the Crystal River tomorrow in Redstone.

Redstone plans to celebrate the event with a cookout at Elk Park at noon. The placement of the bridge will mark the end of a long effort to turn an old storage yard into a community park.

The bridge, which will be put in place by a 10-story-tall crane, will be shipped to Redstone in one 30-foot and two 60-foot segments. The segments will be put together and should be ready for installation at 11 a.m.

The bridge is being hauled in from Minnesota. The sections of the crane arrived earlier this week and will be assembled on site. The crane is capable of lifting 200,000 pounds, the equivalent of 37 full-sized pickup trucks. The bridge, when fully assembled, will weigh 54,000 pounds.

Turning the old large-equipment storage yard into a park, complete with a pedestrian bridge, has been a Redstone dream for almost a decade. The presence of Pitkin County at a Colorado Department of Transportation funding meeting was the key to getting a grant of $137,600 to make the project a reality.

Pitkin County has contributed $34,600, in addition to buying the site for Redstone for $465,000 in 1994. The money came from a combination of general fund and Open Space and Trails dollars.

The community of Redstone has been raising money for several years for this project and hopes to have about $9,000 to help landscape the new park next spring.

Temple Glasier, Pitkin County project director, shepherded the park and bridge project through the permit and approval agenda. Jerry Gamba of Gamba Associates was the engineer, and Meldor Construction of Carbondale is the general contractor.

Meldor will also supply the hamburgers and hot dogs for the cookout. Redstone residents who come to watch are asked to bring the rest of the food, so that the cookout will be hearty meal for all.

Visitors are welcome. Redstone is located 17 miles south of Carbondale on Highway 133. Call 963-1655 for more information.

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