Construction project blocking trail at Belle Isle

Construction project blocking trail at Belle IsleIf you are a regular a Belle Isle, you may be wondering why you keep seeing all the workers, dump trucks and concrete mixers.

Wheelchair accessible ramp being constructed on Belle IsleAs James River News Hub first reported in September, Belle Isle is getting a makeover. The big construction project going on right now is an ADA-compliant wheelchair accessible ramp that will connect the walking trail to the rocks above Hollywood Rapid.  The project is being funded by a grant, according to the City of Richmond.

The ramp looks to be about eight feet wide and will direct people out to a large section of bedrock at Hollywood Rapid. The plans in September were that it would not have handrails.

Still to come, portions of the walking trail will be resurfaced with crushed gravel and raised about a foot in some of the lower-lying areas to prevent flooding and sitting water and muddy spots. The walkways are heavily used and all the foot and bike traffic around the loop have worn away old gravel.

Also in the plans is shoring up the walls of the old stone armored storage shed on east end of Belle Isle. The granite walls of the roofless structure are starting to show cracks and the foundation needs to be stabilized. According to park signage, it was built in 1876 and held materials for the Belle Isle iron foundry.

The incremental improvements also provide a chance to add new signage. The project is expected to be completed by June, 2011.


2 responses to “Construction project blocking trail at Belle Isle

  1. I hope we see lots of folks using that ramp for what it is intended for next summer. I’m not a big fan of concrete slabs, but I do like improvements that allow everyone to enjoy the JRPS. I’m also curious as to how this fits in with the conservation easement.

  2. Pingback: New Belle Isle ramp in this morning’s snow | James River News Hub

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