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Durham pedestrian bridge opening delayed due to safety concerns

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The bridge crosses Interstate 40 near the Streets at Southpoint, and links the American Tobacco Trail in Durham with the final stretch of the path into Chatham County. The bridge crosses Interstate 40 near the Streets at Southpoint, and links the American Tobacco Trail in Durham with the final stretch of the path into Chatham County.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Problems discovered during an inspection have delayed the opening of a new pedestrian bridge in Durham.

The bridge crosses Interstate 40 near the Streets at Southpoint, and links the American Tobacco Trail in Durham with the final stretch of the path into Chatham County.

According to Marvin Williams, director of the City's Public Works Department, an issue with the pedestrian safety fencing was discovered during a recent inspection of the posts that are a part of the fencing.

The fabricated angle of the fence posts, constructed by an out-of-state contractor, as well as the condition of the factory-installed paint was unsatisfactory.

The repairs could cost anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000, but will not be incurred by the City.

"The City is as disappointed as everyone else about this delay, but the safety of those using the bridge is always our first consideration," Williams said. "Despite the bridge delay, the completion of the N.C. Highway 54 southward to the Chatham County line section of the 22-mile long trail is a major milestone of the $11 million project that deserves to be celebrated."

Williams said the bridge is anticipated to open in December.

"We realize that limiting access to the bridge at this time is unfortunate and will be an inconvenience to all users," Williams said. "However, the ability to protect pedestrians as well as properly maintain this bridge for all current and future users is also important, and we ask for patience and understanding as we make sure this gets done correctly."

The American Tobacco Trail spans 22 miles across three counties.

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