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Eagle’s Pedestrian Bridge

Enterprise staff report
The new Eagle pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 will be formally opened this Saturday, Oct. 11, during an event called Bridge Jam. The fun gets under way at 3 p.m.
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Let there be light…or actually and more appropriately, let there be no lights.

There are no more stoplights in Eagle as the community shifts to its all roundabouts traffic pattern. With that, there are markedly fewer traffic jams in town for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Now with the addition of a new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70, the town’s residents are more than happy to say goodbye to traffic jams and hello to Bridge Jam.

The town of Eagle and Holy Cross Energy will mark the official opening of the new walk/bike path connecting the north and south parts of town by hosting Bridge Jam on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. The party will celebrate Eagle’s new pedestrian bridge with all kinds of free activities.

Amy Cassidy, Eagle marketing and events coordinator noted that Holy Cross Energy contributed $100,000 toward the pedestrian bridge construction through its community enhancement fund. Additionally, the electric cooperative has given the town a $5,000 advance on its 2015 community enhancement program donation to pay for door prizes at Saturday’s celebration.

“The idea is we want people to come back in to all the businesses who have been impacted by the Eby Creek Road construction,” said Cassidy. “I hope that people really turn out for this event and we have so many raffle prizes to give away.”

This week, customers who stop by Chambers Avenue, Eby Creek Road and Market Street businesses can pick up raffle tickets as well as event flyers. The flyers include a coupon for a free bowling game at Back Bowl.

Here’s the schedule for Bridge Jam:

3 p.m. — Park your vehicle at various business locations along Chambers Avenue, the Eagle Regional Information Center or at City Market and then meet up on the south side of the bridge.

3:30 p.m. — Ribbon-cutting and presentations by town of Eagle and Holy Cross Energy.

3:40 p.m. — Surprise event.

4 p.m. — Shopping cart races. Three heats of three (assuming three shopping carts can fit across the bridge). All participants receive Holy Cross swag. Final heat competes for the grand prize of a shopping cart full of groceries courtesy of City Market.

4:30 p.m. — Cake and refreshments and raffle prizes.

5 p.m. — Music and bowling at the Back Bowl and prize giveaways, including a mountain bike, kids bike, gift certificates to local businesses, restaurants and more.

For more information, visit http://www.townofeagle.org.

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