McFarlin Bridge to Reopen Friday

Courtesy City of University Park
Courtesy City of University Park

University Park officials announced Monday that the McFarlin Boulevard bridge south of Williams Park will reopen to traffic Friday after being closed for 15 months. The city will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. to mark the occasion

The new bridge is part of a two-phase project designed to improve traffic flow and flood control. A collapsible dam was built 300 feet south of bridge that planners believe will better control floods in Williams Pond and Turtle Creek. When water levels rise to a predetermined level, the dam will lower, preventing water from going over the road.

While major construction has ended, crews will crews to work on landscaping around the bridge and on a new island in Williams Park. That work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

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