Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

W.Va.’s Blackwater River to get new bridge

Here’s some good news for hikers, hunters and anglers who wish to explore the Canaan Valley section of West Virginia’s Blackwater River. The Associated Press has the story:

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is set to begin soon on a trail bridge across the Blackwater River in the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has contracted with Kovilic Construction Company from Franklin Park, Illinois, for the project at Camp 70.

Officials with the refuge say the bridge is an important part of the trail system and acknowledge that many visitors are eager to have the trailhead restored.

The new bridge replaces the swinging bridge that fell in the spring of 2010. It will be in the same location as the old railroad bridge that provided access from Camp 70 south of the river until the flood of 1985.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall.