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A bridge to somewhere safer in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Now visitors can walk to the Rockside train station from Towpath Trail without venturing out on busy streets.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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The new 240-foot, $1.3 million bridge across the Cuyahoga River.
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In the same week that construction crews closed the gap on two sides of Cleveland’s new I-90 inner-belt bridge, another  bridge opened to traffic in Independence.  It’s a pedestrian bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National park that will officials say will improve safety.
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The northern terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is at Rockside Road.  But riders have a difficult time getting to the Towpath Trail from the station.  Railroad President Craig Tallman says the hikers, bikers and baby strollers had to venture out on to busy traffic to cross the river. 

But now the park has opened a new 240-foot bridge that visitors can safely cross to and from the towpath.   The $1.3 million bridge comes at the same time that federal sequestration cuts have forced the park to reduce its staff by 33 positions.

Deputy Superintendent Paul Stoehr explained that the bridge money came for construction projects and was not affected by the sequestration cuts to the park's operating budget. 

The park closed two bridges due to metal corrosion, so it redesigned the new bridge to prevent moisture from collecting.  

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