Photos: Work Continues On Bailey’s Bay Bridge

September 11, 2014

Four segments of footbridge [each 6' wide and 66' feet in length] were successfully placed on the pylons at Bailey’s Bay yesterday [Sept 10], and upon the completion of all the work, the trail between Crawl Hill and Coney Island will be officially opened as recreation path for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

Baileys Bay Walkway Bridge Railway Bermuda, September 10 2014-2

A Public Works Ministry spokesperson explained, ”Four more bridges will be placed at Bailey’s Bay before the end of October. Upon the completion of these spans and clean up of the surrounding area, the trail between Crawl Hill and Coney Island will be officially opened as continuous recreation path for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

Baileys Bay Walkway Bridge Railway Bermuda, September 10 2014-3

“This project is part of a public-private partnership to enhance and reconnect the railway trail. It has only been possible through generosity of Renaissance Re, Montpelier Re, AWAC, Ironshore, the Limbo Up Foundation and Jay Nichols, who are founding members of the charity Friends of Bermuda Railway Trail. The Ministry of Public Works, through the Department of Parks has been spearheading the Government initiative behind this project.

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“The Bailey’s Bay bridges are illustrative of what may be achieved through such partnership and are part of ongoing efforts to improve Bermuda’s best linear park.

“Another example, of this endeavour is the Parks Department working in conjunction with 30 to 40 volunteers from Montpelier Re over the next couple of days to cut and clear invasive vegetation in the Store Hill area in preparation for another potential link in the trail.”

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  1. It’s great seeing this dream come to fruition. Please let us know if it is okay to walk our dogs along the trails as well as over the bridges? Of course pet lovers, don’t forget to bring that “pooper-scoopers” and plastic bags. We’ve enough “crap” to deal with in public already :-(

    • Kunta says:

      Ya like JET GATE, suspension of Term Limits, secret tapings, hiding G.P. cars with different license plates, a disgraceful Premier resigning and another Premier who got caught saying he don’t give a F!@#, suspending valid contracts (Water Front), secret funding of T.B.A (Dodwell and gang) so much for Transparency, now with all the Bull S— with City parking….. ya enough CRAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Now lets open de talks with de bridge from Spanish Point to Dockyard AGAIN.
      LMFAO

  2. swing voter says:

    great idea and glad to see they didn’t give in to the rich people

    • jt says:

      Which rich people would that be. Those that I am aware of that had concerns don’t fit your description.

      • Common Sense isnt so common says:

        Has it ever occurred to you that it has nothing to do with being rich or wealth period!! Most of us have first of all live in the area or right beside or infront of the tracks therefore we do have legit concerns and logical reasonings in terms of safety for our neighborhood, its people, our homes and especially our children . The tracks already have homeless people as well as random shady people lurking and living on the tracks which makes this unsafe for kids in the neighbour hood or just even neighborhood people to enjoy the outdoor space wether its exercising, fishing, swimming or w.e. Many are even scared to use the tracks anymore due to the fear of their safety. There have been incidents that the public does not even know about. This bridge is going to cause a lot more unwanted traffic and shady business as well as shady people I feel. So excuse me for having concerns about break ins or something rutheless might happen because the way this island is going I as well as others that have common sense is going to check for their safety and needs first!!!!

        • Onion Seed says:

          There most likely are more shady people and activites on a dead end portion of the Trail than portions with more pedestrian traffic. I’m surprised that area residents aren’t welcoming the pedestrian bridge.
          Might be in for a pleasant surprise.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      you do realize that only because of the rich people,you will have this gift…tsk tsk. “It has only been possible through generosity of Renaissance Re, Montpelier Re, AWAC, Ironshore, the Limbo Up Foundation and Jay Nichols”

  3. Dreamcatcher says:

    Can they do the same to Stokes Point? A walking bridge from Stokes to St. David’s?

    • sonso says:

      There are quite a few sailboats moored in Stokes Point Bay that i dont think would be too happy.

      And thats not even part of the railway trail. Good luck getting funding!

      • swing voter says:

        marina may show up there

      • Redman says:

        @ sonso,

        Exactly.

        @ Dreamcatcher,

        The old Severyn Bridge roadway is not a Railway Trail and is a major ‘marine artery’ between St Georges Harbour, Ferry Reach, and the North Shore. It is already being restricted with the ‘temporary’ closure of the Swing Bridge so there is no way I and many other boat owners would support an unmovable walkway across that channel.

        I don’t own a yacht nor a vessel that would be negatively impacted if a walkway bridge was put in place but many others do and most of the tour operators do as well. It would be just another hindrance to larger boats and IMO a waste of time & money.

      • Creamy says:

        Oh no. We can’t inconvenience people with boats.

  4. leRocher says:

    This is great news for Bermuda and tourism. For those who can’t walk, the distance, maybe someone who has money can start a business at that Shelly Bay Beach House and rent cycles to the tourist. It would make money for the bridge upkeep and a park manager to keep it clean ands motor cyclist off the trail. It will be such a lovely sight to stroll and watch the sunset. My other suggestion, if money needs to be raised I am sure everyone in BDA would give a one time donation of $5 to make this happen and Corp & Businesses can give more. My only concern, would boats need access to go between the Sound to the North Shore Atlantic.

  5. Boater says:

    What is the clearance at high tide?

  6. long time says:

    i wanna see what this looks like after a hurricane lol

  7. We Are Not Amused! says:

    I can see all the yobo bikers screaming their messed up 50cc and more bikes down that walkway.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      u kno dat!!

    • Call the police if you see that happening. All they need to do is wait at either end of the trail to possibly catch the hoodlum/s:-(

    • doctor d says:

      put up a barrier that people can walk around and that would stop MOTORBIKES from going though.. something a pedal bike can easily be lifted over.

  8. Trailwalker says:

    Great project – thanks to all involved!

  9. Pure Madness!!!! says:

    I know Muriel Hall is turning over in her grave. The thought of her land being handed over like this.. This project may be good for some, but not so good for others, without the authority of some of her kids this would not be possible, sigh!!! The good old days, gone….

  10. X man says:

    Its an Eyesore – takes away the beautiful view of the Small Islands beyond it — UGLY!

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