- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Greenwood residents can look forward to better arboretum accessibility this winter, thanks to the work of Design Build Solutions, which added a 24-foot bridge to the park in September.

Richard Elliott, who headed the project, said that with winter rains, river water from the Yazoo backs up into several gullies along the arboretum trail.

“The bridge was part of the second round of a recreational trails program grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,” said Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer for the City of Greenwood.

Elliott and his crew, which consists of John Maggitt, Jeremiah Whitehead and Emily RoushElliott, submitted a winning bid for the project and got to work on the bridge in midSeptember.

Located midway between the park’s western edge and the end of the meadow area, the bridge is relatively isolated from the street.

“The big issue was trying to get all the materials down. There’s not a road to it,” said Elliott.

The crew worked with Homefront to get materials delivered by truck as close to the site as possible, from which point they would carry them down a small trail to the gully. The team used a 150foot water hose to mix concrete on site.

The bridge took about a week to finish, said Elliott.

Elliott hopes the bridge will serve as a springboard for future projects for Design Bridge builders Build Solutions. “We want to really be a firm that can do really small jobs, like fixing somebody’s screen porch, and also do larger stuff like the bridge,” he said.

Maggitt and Whitehead joined with Elliott two years ago through the Baptist Town cottage project. In addition to their work with Design Build Solutions, the two sometimes help students in ArtPlace Mississippi’s afterschool carpentry classes.

A substantial section of trail still needs to be bridged to maximize the arboretum’s winter accessibility, said Gregory. That will require a 90foot bridge.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com


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