The newly installed Foley Pedestrian Bridge is expected to open in September, making a welcome addition to the city’s landscape.
Were you among onlookers who watched as it was hoisted into place in early August? A ribbon cutting will be set to officially open the new landmark, so keep an eye out for an announcement.
The new bridge welcomes visitors as they head into the main intersection of the Forward City. Brick towers on either side of the highway greet drivers just north of where Alabama Highway 59 and U.S. 98 intersect.
The new bridge connects the city’s downtown shops and restaurants with the green space of the Centennial Park Plaza, Foley Depot Museum, John B. Foley Park and other amenities on the east side of 59.
Once open, the pedestrian bridge will make it easier for visitors to traverse the city and enjoy all Foley has to offer. The bridge is one part of a $6.3 million improvement project; $4.7 million came from a TIGER grant the city received in 2013, $1.6 million came from the city.
Some of those funds were used to widen roads for bike paths, construct new sidewalks and install decorative street lamps throughout downtown. The pedestrian bridge and other upgrades, combined with almost 30 miles of pedestrian paths, help meet the goal of making Foley a more walkable city.
Just one more reason to stop by and check out our beautiful city!