“We currently have roughly 30 miles of trail. This bridge, this single project, would connect us to another 10 miles for a 33 percent increase in one item. I think that’s pretty exciting,” Councilman Alex Watters said before the council green-lighted the agreement by approving its consent agenda.
Under the agreement HR Green, Inc. will provide conceptual and preliminary bridge and trail design, survey, estimates, project management, public meetings and hydraulic analysis/permitting for an amount not to exceed $30,859. Their work is expected to be completed by October.
Sioux City Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said three locations for the bridge are under consideration:
- Just east of the DOT bridge at Riverside Park
- Between Riverside Park and Two Rivers Golf Course
- Near Riverside Family Aquatic Center
An effort to make the project a reality was undertaken in 2008, but it didn’t move forward due to resistance from some South Dakota residents.