Staunton Officials Offer Agreement for Sears Hill Bridge

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City officials in Staunton have proposed an agreement to the owner of the Sears Hill pedestrian walkway, a historic bridge that has become a safety hazard.

Under their terms, the owner would pay for the removal of the bridge, and the city would take responsibility for the renovations and rebuilding.

It's a possible resolution after months of concern from city residents.

Deputy City Manager Jim Halasz says, "The city was not really prepared to look at this type of an expense. We have done our best to work with [bridge owner], and I think he has done the same. Luckily, we have interested community members who we think are going to assist in this project."

The city's Historic Preservation Commission met with city officials and the bridge owner Tuesday to discuss the agreement.