Ledger Inquirer

Ledger Inquirer: Vandals create Riverwalk hazard

Vandals have created a potentially dangerous situation on the northern end of the Riverwalk.

A bridge just south of the ruins of the old Bibb Mill has six bump-outs, three on each side. They’re semi-circles about 10 feet across. On the two southern-most on the river side, it appears that vandals have kicked out some of the vertical balusters in the railing, creating holes easily large enough for a child or a pet to fall through.

I called Gary Stickles, director of public services for the city, and asked if anyone had reported the situation. He said his department was aware and it’s on the list to be repaired. In the meantime, he said the city would put barrels up to block the dangerous places. He said some of the sections can be welded, but some will have to be replaced.

“It’s going to be about $11,000 to fix all that damage up there,” Stickles said. “There are three or four places up through there.”

He said the vandalism problem on the Riverwalk is “not real bad. It happens once or twice a year.”

Thanks to Kevin Hurst for alerting the Ledger Inquirer.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation, as well as following up on your tips.

Contact Mike Owen at mowen@ledger-enquirer.com