McGill Attends Valdese Bridge Project Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Last week, members of the McGill team attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Valdese to celebrate the completed construction of the McGalliard Creek Bridge. McGill supported the Town with this project by reviewing bids, completing floodway modeling and permitting, and observing construction progress.
BENEFITS OF THE NEW BRIDGE
The Wilderness Gateway State Trail is still in the development stages, and this bridge will serve to build a crucial crossing over McGalliard Creek, which will allow for the creation of a full loop inside the trail.
McGill Financial Services Manager RJ Mozeley explained, “The Friends of the Valdese Recreation (FVR) began fundraising for this project along with the Lakeside Park project several years ago. In the end, the Town and FVR decided that a suspension bridge was the best fit solution to connect the new Lakeside Park to the existing McGalliard Falls Park.”
Funding sources for this initiative included a Recreational Trails Program grant, community donations, a North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management grant, and North Carolina Department of Transportation funds.
“Special thanks are due to Beth Heile, president and founder of the FVR, who spearheaded the drive to make this park amenity happen,” said RJ, “with other major contributors being North Carolina House Representative Hugh Blackwell and the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina.”
SHAPING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
The construction of the Valdese bridge was an excellent illustration of a community coming together to accomplish a goal through the combined efforts of its residents, Town employees, elected officials, state authorities, contractor, and consultants.
RJ noted, “It’s projects like these that resonate so well with our tagline of shaping communities together.”
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