ST. CHARLES – The Red Gate Bridge pedestrian and bicycle crossing will be open to the public beginning Friday, the city of St. Charles announced this week.
"Crews will be completing landscaping and some minor maintenance work," James Bernahl, public works engineering division manager, said in a news release. "But the bridge will be available for pedestrians to get out and enjoy beginning this weekend."
The pedestrian bridge forms the lower deck of the Red Gate Bridge. It connects to the Fox River Trail on the east side of the river and joins a path that feeds into the Great Western Trail on the west. It also links the Kane County Fox River Bluff West Forest Preserve and Kane County Dog Park near Route 31 to the east-side preserve near Route 25.
It is a shared boardwalk for cyclists, joggers and walkers. Pedestrians and cyclists are only allowed on the pedestrian crossing, and dogs must be leashed at all times. No pedestrians are allowed on the Red Gate Bridge roadway because it was designed for vehicular traffic only.
The city of St. Charles encourages users of the pedestrian bridge to take a picture, upload it to Flickr and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. The city will add it to its Red Gate Bridge gallery.