Footbridge removal begins

Royer Park bridge badly damaged during winter storms
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Crews are removing the Royer Park footbridge near the Downtown Roseville Library due to damage from winter storms. But fear not, Roseville residents. The city plans to construct a replacement bridge within two to three years provided funding is available. “The bridge has been a fixture in Downtown Roseville for nearly 30 years” said Mayor Pauline Roccucci, in a press release. “But public safety is our foremost concern and that’s why we need to remove the bridge right now.” Intense rainstorms in late March caused stream erosion, which damaged the bridge foundation and made the bridge unsafe. After engineers determined it was not feasible to repair the bridge, the Roseville City Council approved its immediate removal. The city expects to complete the removal project by the end of June. The council asked staff to begin the bridge replacement process, which will include community participation and a design competition to fulfill the Downtown Specific Plan’s aesthetic vision for the bridge. Details of the competition have yet to be determined, but will involve soliciting submissions from bridge design consulting firms. “Replacement of the bridge will be a key component in our efforts to revitalize downtown,” Roccucci said. “Our Downtown Specific Plan also calls for a public amphitheater, creek walk and bike path, all of which will create connections and make Downtown Roseville a place to see and be seen.” The footbridge removal will be paid for with local transportation funds. ~ Staff report