A new pedestrian bridge is set to open on Bannerman Island next month, replacing a bridge that was last in place 100 years ago.

Materials for the new bridge were funded by a $5,000 donation and the project is being worked on by three teams of civil engineering majors from West Point. Back in October, six concrete footings were placed for the 35 foot span. The bridge will feature the original railing design and is expected to be completed in time for the season opener in May.

Work is on going at Bannerman Island and it has the potential to be a major tourist draw. According to a comment on the Bannerman Facebook page, the castle walls have been recently stabilized and the old family home on the island is being restored with the intention of using it as a visitors center.

Tours will resume in May and will run through October.