Officials advised City Council that crumbling concrete made the sidewalk too risky to remain open.
Anthony McFadden drills the 49th four-inch hole into the steel-reinforced concrete sidewalk.
Pedestrians got their first look at the black-painted aluminum structure that will keep them off the eastern sidewalk of the Belmont Bridge, as a crew from Howardsville-base Orme Fence Company began raising the 620-foot-long structure on Wednesday, May 25. The project began a day earlier as a workers began drilling anchor holes into the allegedly dangerous sidewalk. On April 4, a 3-2 majority on City Council decided to pay Orme $14,530 for the fence. However, a Hook investigation found that repairing the sidewalk might cost less than building the blockade.