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Opening of Red Gate Bridge's pedestrian crossing delayed

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles announced Thursday that the ribbon-cutting ceremony planned next week for Red Gate Bridge’s pedestrian and bicycle crossing has been canceled.

“Recent flooding and continued rain has halted all work on the project,” according to a city news release. “In the interest of public safety, the paths and boardwalks will not be opened at this time.”

The event, originally set for 9 a.m. May 4, will be rescheduled at a later date.

The pedestrian bridge forms the lower deck of the Red Gate Bridge and connects to the Fox River Trail on the east side of the river.

On the west, it joins a path that feeds into the Great Western Trail.

It also links the Kane County Fox River Bluff West Forest Preserve and Kane County Dog Park off Route 31 to the eastside preserve off Route 25.

Construction of the $30 million Red Gate Bridge began in August 2011 and opened to vehicular traffic Dec. 12.

No pedestrians are allowed on the bridge’s roadway, as it is designed for vehicular traffic only.

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