FARR WEST -- Plans for a Weber Basin Canal walking bridge on 2700 North were recently discussed by council members.
Councilman Paul Dinsdale said the bridge will be a 90-foot span across the canal. He said the project is expected to cost $39,000 to $40,000.
Dinsdale said he had discussed ideas with Lou Eddy from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and ideas for the bridge include a precast deck. Dinsdale said the elevation of the bridge would be about a foot below the Utah Department of Transportation bridge and suggested bringing the new bridge to the same level.
"They are pouring piers into the canal. UDOT is widening their bridge," Dinsdale said. As long as the city lines its piers up with UDOT's, he said, they should be able to put them in at approximately the same time.
Dinsdale also said the bridge deck could be hollow and precast, and should have a safety railing along it, with walking space about 6 feet wide, which would also allow for snow-removal equipment.
Dinsdale said the city could work with Bona Vista to build a support for 20-inch pipe to run across the bridge. He suggested it might be nice to make the bridge decorative in ways, and suggested council members take a look at the Ogden River Parkway for ideas.
Dinsdale also said he had been looking at bridges along the Legacy Highway and there are no barriers between bridges and water.
"We could have kids get on there and get in the water -- but we could have kids get in the water right now," he said.
Councilman Tim Shupe said the city should consider the appearance of the bridge as well as what kind of protection it will provide. The city needs to put together a list of what is needed regarding both design and safety.
Shupe also said rather than painting the railing for the bridge, a long-lasting powder coating would make a nice surface.
Dinsdale said the bridge could be created from three 30-foot pieces, which would be mechanically attached at the joints.
"We could do a concrete walking surface as well, put it together, and we're ready to roll," Dinsdale said.
"We should probably look at it as council members and decide how we are going to get bids," Shupe said.
Councilman Tom Burkland said the bridge as well as a walking path are necessary as part of the plans for a new Wahlquist Junior High School on 2700 North, and can help provide students with a safe route to and from school.
At tonight's city council meeting, the council is scheduled to have a work session to discuss the bridge.