Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on at 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the completion of the Camp 70 Bridge. The bridge, which spans the Blackwater River at Camp 70, is located approximately three miles east of Davis at the end of Camp 70 Road.
It replaces a swinging bridge that fell in the spring of 2010, and is sited at the location of a railroad bridge that provided access from Camp 70 south of the river until the Flood of 1985. The span connects refuge property with Canaan Valley Institute land on the south side of the Blackwater River. Pedestrians and bicycle traffic can be accommodated on the structure, along with the capacity to carry emergency vehicle traffic.
Kovilic Construction Co. Inc. was awarded the construction contract by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in June 2011, with local sub-contractors employed to build the bridge abutments.
"We are pleased with how fast the work was completed," Jonathan Schafler, refuge manager said. "With the completion of this bridge, a vital trail link has now been restored. We invite the public to come out to the ribbon cutting to join in this community celebration."
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the 500th, a volunteer group that supports the mission of the refuge. A nature and history walk will take place after the ceremony.