Expect to see a lot of excitement at Unity Park this summer, including installation of the park’s three pedestrian bridges.
On Wednesday, June 16, a 70-foot bridge will be installed just upstream of the Reedy River crossing at Hudson Street. Prefabricated in Pickens, SC, the bridge will arrive in once piece and be 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-July, 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.