Construction set to begin on pedestrian bridge, skate park in McIntire Park

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People heading to McIntire Park will soon see two major improvement projects being built.

According to a release from Charlottesville city officials, construction will begin on a pedestrian bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad to connect the east and west sides of the park. And a new skate park will also be in the works.

Both projects are part of the Master Plan for the park that was approved by the Charlottesville City Council in 2012.

The release says both projects will being on March 5, with construction going on at the same time this year.

Money for the bridge project is coming from city Capital Improvement Funds and a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The funding for the skate park is coming from Capital Improvement Funds, a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and funds that were allocated from the John Warner Parkway/U.S. 250 interchange project.

The bridge, which will connect the two sides of McIntire Park, is considered a long-held community goal that will fulfill part of the Comprehensive Plan for off-road mobility connectivity.

And the skate park will replace the facility that used to be located on McIntire Road that was moved due to the interchange construction.

According to the release, the current temporary facility in McIntire Park is closed and features from the former skate park were sold through a recent online auction with proceeds assisting in the project to build a new skate park.

During the construction, access to the south side of McIntire Park from the Route 250 Bypass westbound will be limited to construction, service and emergency vehicles.

The existing playground equipment will also be removed and relocated to other parks.

The anticipated completion date for the bridge is in September, and the date for the skate park is in November.

For more information about the Master Plan for McIntire Park, click on the link in the Related Links box.

For more information on the construction projects, contact Doug Ehman at (434) 970-3021 or send an email to

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