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June 13, 2007

Albany--  What is supposed to be the crowning piece of Albany's expanded walking and biking trail could now be in jeopardy.

By the end of the year, the Riverfront greenway trail is supposed to go all the way from The Civic Center to Chehaw Park. The plan is to include a bridge over Philema Road. Now, Albany Tomorrow leaders are looking at the possibility of a crosswalk along the busy road instead.

Interim ATI Director Greg McCormack says the city is doing a traffic study to see if a crosswalk would be feasible. He says some River Pointe landowners expressed concern about part of the bridge being located on the land.

"The bridge isn't out of the question still but in order to build a bridge, we'd have to put a structure on one of the landowner's there by the golf course, just a tower structure to hold one aspect of the bridge across Philema and they asked us to look at an at-grade crossing," said McCormack.

Property owner Pace Burt told us Wednesday night that River Pointe supports the bridge and will donate whatever land is needed for the project. City engineers began the traffic study about three weeks ago.

If the crosswalk becomes the choice, McCormack says there's no way the project will be complete by the end of the year.  

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