Soon, a bridge

Published Apr 18, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Cody Riley, left, Doug Magee, center, and Jeff Procsal pour abutments Wednesday for a footbridge across the Deschutes River. The new bridge is going in downstream from the First Street rapids and should be in place within a month, with the Bend Park & Recreation District tentatively aiming to install the 160-foot span on May 10.

Director of Park Services Pat Erwert said park users should expect limited closures to keep the public away from potentially dangerous parts of the construction site until the project is completed.

The bridge will connect a segment of the Deschutes River Trail that runs past Pioneer Park on the east side of the river with the west-side segment that continues to the north side of Awbrey Butte.