The pedestrian bridge and a short access road at the Augusta Canal's popular headgates area will be closed from Monday to Thursday, April 15 for construction work, according to Chip Mobley, Columbia County's facility services dirtector.
The closure involves the road on the mainland side of the canal from the lock keeper's cottage to the plaza at the pedestrian bridge. Visitors can still access the canal towpath area from the traditional walkway over the headgates.
The work on the mainland side, which began last fall, involves more than $1 million in amenities that include expanded parking areas and a new bicycle trail that will extend from the park entrance on Evans to Locks Road along a strip of land leased by the county from Martin-Marietta, which owns the adjoining quarry property.
The trail will eventually lead to the footbridge over the canal near Reed Creek and will separate bicycles and pedestrians from the parking lots. The work also includes a "mister" for dehydrated hikers and a doggie drinking fountain that will be located near the pedestrian bridge plaza.