Red Bridge Park improvement bids approved
Red Bridge Park improvement bids have been approved and work will start this spring.
The project coincides with a Department of Natural Resources bridge replacement project
Howard’s Driveway Inc., of Menahga, was awarded the low bid of $220,109.70. The work includes paving the trail from the bridge through the park and the parking lot.
The DNR is paying for $162,000 of the total paving project. The rest will be paid for by the city of Park Rapids.
The new bridge crossing Fish Hook River in Park Rapids has been placed and contractors are finishing work on the deck of the bridge.
The new bridge is 180 feet and extends further onto land east of the river.
The height between the bridge and Fish Hook River will remain about 7 ½ feet. The extra length is to make the bridge handicapped accessible.
The city will incorporate other amenities to Red Bridge Park including benches, light poles and picnic tables.
The plan is to keep the old Red Bridge in the park. The exact location hasn’t been set.
The Red Bridge replacement project is part of a larger Heartland Trail master plan. It reroutes the current trail, which goes across the trestle bridge to Highway 34. The trestle bridge is in poor condition and is posted now for a maximum of 1,500 pounds. The DNR will remove the trestle bridge as part of the project. It will not be replaced.
The trestle bridge will be removed after the Red Bridge replacement project is completed, DNR officials said previously.
The project will align with the Heartland Trail master plan, which shows the trail heading west through Red Bridge Park and along Beach Road with the final destination being Moorhead.
The goal is to have work completed in the park by the 4th of July.