National park in Ohio gets funding to fix pedestrian bridges

SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a national park in northeast Ohio is getting $2.2 million in federal funds to replace three badly-rusted pedestrian bridges that have been closed since 2009.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Valley National Park announced Thursday that the funds will replace three bridges on the Old Carriage Trail in Sagamore Hills Township.

The bridges have been closed to foot traffic for the past seven years because the structures over deep ravines are unsafe. The bridges were built in 1989 and span ravines that are up to 80 feet deep.

A park spokeswoman says the new bridges will likely be replaced next year.

The funds are part of $4.2 million the National Park Service is giving to the 33,000-acre park to deal with maintenance projects.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,