Silver Bow Construction is rebuilding the old trestle bridge and has been allowing walkers and bicyclists access during the noon hour. The bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since October 1st. Beginning Thursday (Feb. 9) until April 15, it will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The workers need that extra hour of work time with the short daylight of time that we have,” says Project Manager Larry Gamez.
The Perseverance Trail system will be accessible from the end of Evergreen Avenue via the flume trail.
Gamez says structural concrete work on the bridge is done, columns have been repaired and replaced, galvanized steel brackets and angle irons are in, and a lot of old wood has been pulled out and replaced. He says whatever work is not complete by April 15th will be finished next fall after the summer tourist season is over. Basin Road is access to the Last Chance Mining Museum and popular hiking trails.
The original Basin Road Trestle was built in 1936 while the AJ Mine was in operation. It has been rebuilt a number of times since.
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