Greenwood residents have grumbled for years about a pedestrian bridge to nowhere over Smith Valley Road, but the city is trying to get it to lead somewhere.
The city has applied for a $2 million grant for a second pedestrian bridge that would span U.S. 31, parks and recreation department executive director Evan Springer said. The goal is to link the east-west Polk Hill Trail along Smith Valley Road with the north-south Tracy Trail along Tracy Ditch.
Walkers, joggers and cyclists could go from Polk Hill Trail or Craig Park over the Smith Valley Road bridge, and then cross the Greenwood Centre strip mall parking lot to get to a planned pedestrian bridge over U.S. 31.
They currently have to race across eight lanes of U.S. 31 at the Smith Valley Road intersection to go from one trail to the other. Workers are upgrading a little-used crosswalk and extending the signal to 37 seconds as part of a trails project, but that’s meant to be a short-term solution, Springer said.