On Monday morning parents and their children used the new sidewalk on the Berry Street Bridge as they walked to Calistoga Elementary School.
The sidewalk, on the upstream side of the bridge, is the first piece of the bridge reconstruction to open. The temporary pedestrian bridge, which will eventually be placed behind Sharpsteen Plaza to connect the plaza with Pioneer Park, will be removed later this week, depending on the weather, said Derek Rayner, deputy director of the public works department.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the bridge re-opening will be scheduled at a later date. Firemen’s Park, which is located at the corner of Washington and Berry streets, will be re-dedicated and a separate ribbon cutting ceremony will also be scheduled later.
Work on the bridge started last July and was projected to be complete in January, but delays due to such things as weather and the October fires pushed the completion date to March.
The $2.5 million project was paid for mostly through funds provided by the Highway Bridge Replacement, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration, with other monies from the Highway Bridge Program and State Bridge Toll Credits.