Ferry a bridge alternative
Thursday, July 12, 2018
From time to time the idea of a pedestrian bridge across the Tar River to River Park North is mentioned. For example, a Reflector article in 2016 estimated the price of such a bridge at $7 million-$20 million dollars! That price tag scares many citizens off. That's a shame because River Park North is a great park, but pretty much only accessible by car, despite the fact that it's just a stone's throw from the Town Commons and therefore adjacent to the greenway.
Here's a thought. Try a Google image search on the term "rope-pulled ferry" and it's quickly apparent that there are thousands of small, self-propelled ferries throughout the world. Chances are that most folks willing to bike the whole Greenway would find it a fun activity to pull their way across the Tar and explore River Park North as well. This could be a welcome inexpensive addition to the community and save a few million in the process!