The Sitka National Historical Park has posted the potential alternatives for the replacement of the Indian River Pedestrian Bridge in the park visitors center.
Public input on the presented designs will have substantial influence on which design will become the preferred alternative in the Environmental Assessment (EA) under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The public is invited to the park through Saturday, Nov. 15, to provide comments on site. The park visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Indian River Pedestrian Bridge Project is being designed by the Federal Highway Administration with substantial National Park Service input and guidance. The purpose of this project is to maintain safe pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized vehicle access across the Indian River within Sitka National Historical Park.
Although still safe, the current bridge is nearing the end of its 50-year design life and needs to be replaced to maintain this access and to address accessibility and bridge design standards that have changed since the time of the current bridge’s construction.
Individuals wishing to send written comments may e-mail them to Sitka National Historical Park Chief of Resources Brinnen Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of some of the alternatives are posted in a slideshow below, but there are full-size posters of the options at the park’s visitors center with information about trail width, cost, construction materials, and more.