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Old 12-24-19, 09:40 AM
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Harpers Ferry pedestrian bridge closed

I post this here only because several folks who post in this subforum are located in this area. A CSX train derailed on the freight bridge over the Potomac at Harpers Ferry, and the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Potomac was destroyed (at least in that part where the train derailed), and is closed indefinitely. This impacts a lot of local tourism and R&R activities. This is the only Appalachian Trail crossing over the Potomac, so hikers will likely try to cross on the US-340 bridge (which is not supportive of pedestrians as I recall). Or call shuttles to get them across the river. I've walked across the bridge when biking the C&O before, for refreshments or a stretch of the legs.

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Though the bridge closure is "indefinite", I have to believe there are a lot of stakeholders who want that bridge re-opened, at least before the spring tourism season starts, so financial support probably won't be a problem.
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Old 12-24-19, 11:08 AM
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This may sound terrible but it'll be nice to have the bridge closed for a bit. The tourists along that stretch can make running or riding along the C&O annoying at times. They don't realize they're on a multi-use trail, they don't know about trail etiquette (e.g., have no idea what "on your left" means), they don't give way even when you're coming straight at them, etc.
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Old 12-25-19, 08:01 AM
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It's a fair drive from Louisville, so won't be there any time soon. But thanks for posting. A good friend, closer to there, hosts many biking, hiking, kayaking events, so I forwarded the notification. Enjoyed that area and visited often when we lived in MD. We once had a crane (maybe a heron) fly along the C&O canal with us (on bikes) for a hundred yards or so-not something I'll forget!
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Originally Posted by Marylander View Post
This may sound terrible but it'll be nice to have the bridge closed for a bit. The tourists along that stretch can make running or riding along the C&O annoying at times. They don't realize they're on a multi-use trail, they don't know about trail etiquette (e.g., have no idea what "on your left" means), they don't give way even when you're coming straight at them, etc.
I so very much agree, the tourists do not at all move over for bicyclists...but it is a tourist type of area. It could very well impact Harpers Ferry tourism, since so many people park at Harpers Ferry to go view Maryland Heights and the surrounding area. So I'm doubting it will be closed for very long. I'm betting it will be open this coming spring.
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For those interested in this story, I posted an update in the Touring subforum:

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