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Calistoga's new Pioneer Park Bridge officially opens

Calistoga's new Pioneer Park Bridge officially opens

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In a large step towards making Calistoga an even more walkable, pedestrian-friendly community, the new Pioneer Park Bridge is officially open and ready for use.

The 110-foot pedestrian bridge spans the Napa River connecting Pioneer Park with the Community Center and the downtown area, and replaces the low concrete crossing, which was prone to flooding during the rainy season. The new elevated bridge complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and offers a safer and wider crossing.

Before cutting the ribbon on Monday, Mayor Chris Canning thanked the many individuals and organizations that made the project possible including the past and current city councils, the public works department, the late Dieter Deiss, the Calistoga Active Transportation Committee and many others involved in the project.

Along with providing a wider and safer crossing, the new bridge will also improve conditions for fish habitat.

The old concrete bridge was constructed most likely in the 1950s or ’60s, when building regulations were not nearly as rigorous as they are now, said Public Works Director Derek Rayner. The old concrete barrier will be removed sometime this summer.

Adjacent to the bridge, Calistoga’s AT&T Pedestrian Pathway is now underway, with a downtown pathway along the bank of the Napa River that will connect the pathway to the bridge and Lincoln Avenue. Work on the pathway will most likely be completed by mid-to late summer.

WATCH NOW: NAPA RIVER RISES FOLLOWING STORMS, FLOODING

Napa sisters Carol Frommelt and Gail Randol pick up trash while they walk the Napa River trail, nearly every other day. They've been doing this for at least 10 years, said the sisters.

SEE PHOTOS AS THE NAPA RIVER RISES FOLLOWING FLOODING

You can reach Cynthia Sweeney at 942-4035 or csweeney@weeklycalistogan.com.

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Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.

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