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Footbridge to Liberty State Park may be rebuilt by Memorial Day
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on January 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM
   
The footbridge connecting Jersey Avenue to Liberty State Park in Jersey City may be back up in time for Memorial Day, according to city officials.

The bridge, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, may cost about $750,000 to replace, according to city Chief of Staff Rosemary McFadden. Federal disaster-relief funds should pay for 75 percent of the replacement costs, while the city is seeking grants or private funding sources for the remainder, McFadden writes in an email.

The news comes as officials at Liberty State Park, which was heavily damaged when Sandy devastated the region on Oct. 29, 2012, announced this week that another 139 acres of the state park were reopened on Jan. 29, bringing the total number of open acres 263. There are 600 upland acres in the park.

All of the roads, parking lots and most fields are open, but restrooms, playgrounds and parts of the walkway remain closed, according to the Friends of Liberty State Park website.

The city expects to put the footbridge work out to bid by the end of March, and hopes to have it replaced entirely by Memorial Day, or as soon as possible after, according to McFadden.

The bridge will be located where the old bridge was, but there will be enhanced lighting, signs and safety provisions.

City officials do not know how old the bridge is. Friends of Liberty State Park President Sam Pesin said he believes the bridge was there when the park opened in 1976.

Liberty State Park attracts more than 5 million visitors annually.
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IN all fairness, what are the odds that MCA 's photo will be accurate 10 months hence?

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IN all fairness, what are the odds that MCA 's photo will be accurate 10 months hence?

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This really is great news! Maybe a toll to help fund it!
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The stealth highway continues to be built:

An email from The JC Coalition for the Emergency Replacement of the Jersey Ave. Footbridge:



Jersey Ave. Footbridge will be rebuilt with JC giving it a top priority. 
A new, permanent, safe and wider footbridge is on its way and will be a great access way into LSP and between neighborhoods.

"The JC Coalition (of 17 associations) for the Emergency Replacement of the Jersey Ave. Footbridge" sent an excellent letter to City Hall last Thursday.

A day before that, a few downtown activists and LSP's Supt. Rob Rodriquez met with city engineer dept people and discussed options for footbridge. The conclusion from the meeting and JC then consulting with T and M planning firm, is to build a permanent footbridge in same footprint as former one.

The group was told that best case scenario is that early summer would be the opening of new footbridge, and one delaying factor may be finding some contamination in soils when pilings are driven about 90 ft down on either side of bridge. The future vehicle bridge with a 2 lane road, would be at least two and perhaps several years away.   

After receiving the Coalition's letter and several emails from Friends' members, Mayor Healy's Chief of Staff Rosemary McFadden sent out an affirmative email emphasizing the city's mandate to Engineering Dept to accomplish the footbridge goal.

We'll keep you updated on the progress.
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An email from The JC Coalition for the Emergency Replacement of the Jersey Ave. Footbridge:



Jersey Ave. Footbridge will be rebuilt with JC giving it a top priority. 
A new, permanent, safe and wider footbridge is on its way and will be a great access way into LSP and between neighborhoods.

"The JC Coalition (of 17 associations) for the Emergency Replacement of the Jersey Ave. Footbridge" sent an excellent letter to City Hall last Thursday.

A day before that, a few downtown activists and LSP's Supt. Rob Rodriquez met with city engineer dept people and discussed options for footbridge. The conclusion from the meeting and JC then consulting with T and M planning firm, is to build a permanent footbridge in same footprint as former one.

The group was told that best case scenario is that early summer would be the opening of new footbridge, and one delaying factor may be finding some contamination in soils when pilings are driven about 90 ft down on either side of bridge. The future vehicle bridge with a 2 lane road, would be at least two and perhaps several years away.   

After receiving the Coalition's letter and several emails from Friends' members, Mayor Healy's Chief of Staff Rosemary McFadden sent out an affirmative email emphasizing the city's mandate to Engineering Dept to accomplish the footbridge goal.

We'll keep you updated on the progress.

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