It appears that construction of a new, ADA accessible pedestrian bridge at the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has been funded. Construction should start in June of 2013 and will take about eight months.
The bridge will start about 150 yards south of where the current bridge is located, curve over the railroad tracks and end up in about the same place as the existing bridge. The extra length is to make the incline gentler. Future plans call for replacement of the Refuge offices to a permanent building close to the east end of the bridge as well as installing a sidewalk in the north Gee Creek area.
Eric Anderson of the Refuge was key in writing grants to secure funding for this project.