Footbridge Safety a Concern in Mendham Borough
Residents ask that the walkway over a 'gully' have some work done to it.
A pair of Mendham Borough residents expressed concerns to the Borough Council Monday night over a footbridge on Patriot's Path near Dean Road.
"Many people who walk in the park our age are concerned," Ramona Balderson and her husband Eric said. "There was a bridge over a big gully if you turn down Dean Road. And you built a beautiful substantial bridge that the hurricane took away."
Since the storm, a replacement was put in place by the Mendham Borough Department of Public Works.
"My tree guy and I were looking at it and he suggested he could replace it but cutting down a tree right next to the gap and building a new bridge," DPW Superintendent Ken O'Brien said. "We get a lot of compliments on that bridge from runners and bikers."
Balderson asked that the council to consider modifying the bridge to make it friendlier to older residents.
"Would it be possible to put a railing there on the bridge?" Balderson asked. "I have vertigo problems and I am afraid to use it. It doesn't need to be state of the art, just something that adds a little security."
"Its certainly something we can look into," O'Brien said.
Council President John Andrus, who running the meeting for the absent Mayor Neil Henry, said he sympathized with Balderson.
"As an elderly citizen myself, with bad knees and bad ankles I certainly understand," Andrus said.