Wheeling City Council Will Give Update on Footbridge Work

Photo By Scott McCloskey A crew member with Savage Construction of Wheeling uses an excavator Monday near the new footbridge. Bridge construction started last week and will wrap up soon.

Council members will give updates on the new, nearly-completed footbridge near Wheeling Jesuit University at today’s Wheeling City Council meeting.

As of Monday afternoon, workers from Savage Construction had assembled three out of the four main pieces that make up the aluminum bridge.

The bridge is the result of a $170,000 anonymous donation to the city announced at its council meeting Nov. 20.

“Getting that footbridge finished was a priority for us,” Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said Monday.

The bridge crosses Big Wheeling Creek and connects the Wheeling Jesuit University campus to the Woodsdale neighborhood. It is replacing an older bridge that was deemed unsafe and closed a year ago.

In other business, council plans to discuss the annual debt repayment for upgrades to WesBanco Arena. Council approved $950,000 for updates to the arena in September of 2017 to replace old hockey dasher boards and build a new storage area at the venue.

Members also will talk about the “Food for Fines” program that the city is bringing back this year during the holiday season. Thalman said the program allows people to pay off their parking tickets by giving canned goods that will go to local food pantries.

Council also will consider a property at 1035 Chapline St. for its Facade Improvement Program. The program provides money and design assistance for commercial buildings in downtown Wheeling whose owners are looking to improve the front of their properties.

“If you live downtown, the city will help pay costs for renovation,” Thalman said. “It’s a way to revitalize the area and support the tax base.”

Council meets at noon in its chambers at 1500 Chapline St.

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