The city of Chattanooga is planning a safe bicycle and pedestrian route connecting the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway with the Tennessee Riverpark, including a section across the C.B. Robinson Bridge.
The City Council is set to consider a resolution on June 3 that would pay Benesh Engineering $134,500 to plan the route going from the city's Dupont Park to the Riverwalk beneath the Robinson Bridge.
Officials noted that the closest river crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians are the Walnut Street Bridge five miles downstream and the Hiwassee Highway Bridge 30 miles to the north.
Officials said, "This is an important potential link for residents in the Hixson and Amnicola Highway areas to connect to existing and proposed routes and trails and would serve to connect the North and South Chickamauga Creek Greenways."
The route also includes crossing two railroad bridges.
Officials said a plan needs to be developed that will be approved by TDOT.
The route will have separation from vehicles and "provide for a pleasant environment for bicyclists and pedestrians," it was stated.
Several years ago, there was a plan to hang a walkway for bicyclists and pedestrians from the bottom of the C.B. Robinson Bridge, but that idea was discarded.