DENVER – Stretching more than a hundred feet across Cherry Creek, the Delgany Street Bridge in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood is a decades-old landmark. But for months, neighbors have been saying it’s out of order.
“It’s really a part of the neighborhood, and we want it back,” Andrea Kahn said Tuesday.
She has lived near 15th and Delgany streets for over a decade and uses the old railroad bridge to get around. But age has caught up with him and he desperately needs repairs.
“We called [the bridge owners] to warn them that the wood was rotting, and then someone came through. So when we called them to tell them that, their response was to close the bridge,” Kahn said.
It has remained closed ever since, forcing people to find other ways to cross the creek. There’s another bridge not too far from this one, but Kahn says that’s an inconvenience for those who aren’t as mobile.
“It’s inaccessible for them to be able to use it to access green space,” she said.
The Greenway Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the bridge, recently commissioned a full structural assessment. Executive director Ryan Aids says the assessment revealed the bridge needs a lot of work and is not cheap.
“We’re looking at a quarter of a million dollars,” Aids said.
How quickly they reopen the bridge, he says, depends on how quickly they can raise the funds for the repairs. This includes redesigning the decking, so that the rubber mats are no longer required, and the handrails, which proved to be the most expensive as the price of the steel required has been volatile.
“As a small nonprofit, we don’t have the budget to do this, so we need the help of the community to do this. Without it, we can’t,” Aids said.
A fundraiser is now open online and banners informing people of the fundraiser will soon appear on both sides of the bridge.
A company has agreed to do the job for free, so the only cost will be the materials. But Kahn fears asking for several hundred thousand dollars in donations could be a difficult task.
“We’re tired of waiting for them to fix it,” she said.