Highlands Plateau Greenway volunteers move bridge

A bridge that was located along the Oak Lane section of the Highlands Plateau Greenway has been moved after it became known the bridge was built on private property.

Greenway volunteers moved the approx. 20-foot long bridge off of private property and onto Town property.

HPG President Sonya Carpenter said this section of the trail has been used by local residents since the 1970s.  Since the Greenway became formalized, volunteers have continuously added improvements to the trail under the assumption it was town property and not on private property. 

“It is my understanding that the property has been owned by a few different individuals over the years who were aware that the trail crossed their property and supportive of the Greenway,” said Carpenter. “The current property owner had some concerns, so the leadership of the greenway decided that the best long term solution was to move the trail onto Town property.”

The trail from Oak Lane originally veered to the right, but after volunteers moved the bridge the new trail goes off to the left towards the bridge.

The bridge is approx. 20-feet long and 4-feet wide with a  handrail. Volunteers unscrewed each board, removed the handrail, and then removed each of the support beams.  Volunteers then carried each beam to the new location.  Then they reversed the process and re-constructed the bridge.

“It was a great team building exercise for our volunteer work force and I am so impressed with the talents of our volunteers,” said Carpenter. “I would like to thank Ran Shaffner for providing great leadership and organizing the troops. We are lucky to have such a great group of dedicated volunteers! If anyone in the community is interested in showing off their construction talents, we would be happy to put you to work!”

The trail from Oak Lane leads to the bridge at Mill Creek.

Fore more information about the Highlands Plateau Greenway click HERE.

Map of Highlands Plateau Greenway.

Pictured at the top of the article from left are Highlands Plateau Greenway volunteer Tom Shaffner, Steve Cathcart, Jim Ward, Andy Chmar, Oliver Young, Eric Pierson, Heather Young, Drew Weigner, and Jim Chance. Not pictured are Sonya Carpenter and Ran Shaffner.

Entrance to the Greenway on Oak Street, which connects to the trail from Oak Lane.

The Highlands Greenway is a colorful adventure whatever the season.

Fallen leaves making their way down Mill Creek along the Highlands Plateau Greenway.

Trees along the Highlands Plateau Greenway are covered in fungi and moss.

Fallen leaves and pine cones along Mill Creek.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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