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Nat Holder and George Pickering, front, from left, and other volunteers lend a helping hand to the Friends of the Railway Trail as they constructed a 52 foot-long fibreglass bridge span for the footbridge in Flatts (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A new footbridge built to extend the Railway Trail over Flatts Inlet has hit a snag after an underwater cave was detected in the bridge’s path.

Tucker Murphy, a spokesman for the Friends of the Railway Trail, confirmed that the construction team had found the cave near the proposed site for a foundation for the structure.

He said that the cave had been reported to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the Department of Planning, and that excavation to lay the foundation had stopped while an examination of the area was carried out.

Dr Murphy added: “The geophysical study is not yet complete but we expect the planned foundation or location to be altered to avoid placing undue pressure on the cave site.

“In the meantime, some of the many dedicated bridge volunteers have been out there installing decking and working on existing spans.”

Tucker Murphy, left, and Jeff Councell, right, build a 52 foot-long fibreglass bridge span for the footbridge in Flatts. The bridge span is expected to be install in the next few months (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Volunteers have also taken delivery of fibreglass parts for a 52 foot-long bridge span to be installed over the next few months.

Dr Murphy highlighted the work of the project’s volunteers, many of them from Smith’s Parish.

He also thanked Julie and John Steele, also members of Friends of the Railway Trail, and Colin Campbell, an architect, for their help on the project.

The Friends of the Railway Trail has worked on the project for several years, with most of the time taken up on planning.

The group received a $10,000 boost from the Garden Club of Bermuda last December, as well as a donation of plants and park benches to beautify either end of the bridge.

George Pickering, right, and Nat Holder construct a 52 foot-long fibreglass bridge span for the footbridge in Flatts. The bridge span is expected to be installed in the next few months (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Construction on the Flatts Footbridge hits a snag after builders find an underwater cave near a spot singled out for part of the foundation (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Volunteers work on the construction of the new footbridge in Flatts (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published April 12, 2022 at 7:30 am (Updated April 12, 2022 at 7:30 am)

New Flatts bridge hits problems after cave discovered in its path

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