Spokane's newly renovated $800,000 Iron Bridge project is set to re-open for the public's use Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.
The historic Iron Bridge used to be an old rail road bridge, but has since been renovated for bicycle and pedestrian access. It will become an important connection to the Centennial Trail, crossing over the Spokane River between Superior and Perry streets just east of downtown.
The bridge was remodeled with a new concrete deck, new steel safety railings and a new coat of paint.
“Restoring the Iron Bridge was a significant project for our community,” Mayor David Condon said. “This project provides a critical link for cyclists and pedestrians and adds to our outdoor recreational amenities.”
According to the city, concepts to reuse the old bridge began as early as the late 1990s. Studies were completed in the 2000s, and construction began in mid-May.
Funding for the project came from the Recreation & Conservation Office, the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, federal sources, Iron Bridge Development and the City of Spokane.