THE SHOALS-Join the Tennessee RiverLine to explore ideas for enhancing Old Railroad Bridge visitors’ experience. This community planning session is 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept.12, at Singin’ River Brewery, 526 E. College St., Florence.
The Shoals RiverTown’s leadership team — composed of members from the Quad Cities and Colbert County — selected the Old Railroad Bridge as the priority placemaking project for the RiverLine’s Community Planning Initiative program. Based on feedback from the leadership team and the Shoals community, the RiverLine’s Planning and Design team has put together ideas for the Old Railroad Bridge such as signage, enhanced access and potential connectivity to Patton Island.
“The Old Railroad Bridge is a tremendous asset for the Shoals, and the Old Railroad Bridge Company has worked hard to maintain it,” said Carrie Crawford, Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area director. “We are hoping that, as the placemaking project moves forward, even more people will be able to enjoy the bridge and perhaps even Patton Island. There are many things that have to happen to make it all fall into place, but we are excited to start the process with the conceptual designs the RiverLine team has been working on.”
RiverLine’s Community Planning Initiative program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge, 3M Foundation, TVA and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The RiverLine is also helping the Shoals with a funding strategy for the project, recommending grant opportunities to move this project forward.
Media Release/Cathy Wood
MSNHA media coordinator