By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today
HASTINGS – Following public concerns published in this newspaper about lack of proper lighting for the new temporary walkway installed by Parks Canada with the closure of the Hastings bridge Jan. 4 for construction work, more lighting has been added.
“In response to initial feedback from our community partners and residents, additional lighting has been installed along the walkway,” states a media release from Parks Canada. “It was our priority to have this lighting in place as soon as possible. Parks Canada will continue to closely monitor the walkway’s usage and to consult with the community regarding its ongoing needs while the swing bridge is closed.
“Parks Canada is committed to providing a safe temporary pedestrian crossing for the community of Hastings.”
The bridge closed a week ago and part of the walkway was installed directly after that along the concrete fixed portion of the bridge.
There are also new sections that lead from the main street and from a parking lot where a significant grade change from that level to the bridge may create a problem for those using wheel chairs.