As is traditional, the Blacksburg Town Council presented the town’s Capital Improvements Plan for public comment during its first meeting of the year.

A rendering of what a pedestrian and cycling bridge might look like linking the south and north sides of the Huckleberry Trail, which runs from Christiansburg, across busy Price’s Fork Road in Blacksburg.

Adoption of the CIP happens in the second meeting, Jan. 22.

A review of the CIP included the last minute addition, highlighted in yellow since it had been added coming up during work session and public input, $4, 134,000 for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge carrying the Huckleberry Trail over busy Price’s Fork Road.

“What we’re proposing is to put it in Year 5, it may not get built within that five-year period,” Marc Verniel, Blacksburg town manager said in presenting significant projects in the CIP to the council, “but by putting it into the capital improvement program, it allows us to start looking for funds that may help us to start funding that project.”

A bridge was originally proposed to the council in November by Friends of Huckleberry Trail President and charter member Bill Ellenbogen.

While inclusion in the CIP does not mean the project is funded, Ellenbogen, sees the recognition of the bridge in the CIP as meaningful.

“It is still significant because it does mean that the town has recognized the importance of the bridge being completed at some point in the future,” he…

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