2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Committee Approved)

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Mendota Trail Project - Container Covered Bridge

Item 363 #4h

Item 363 #4h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2019 $0 FY2020 $50,000 GF

Page 401, line 16, strike "$67,793,291" and insert "$67,843,291".

Page 403, after line 5, insert:

"K. Included in the amount for this item is $50,000 the second year from the general fund for the Mendota Trail Project for the engineering and construction of a prototype for a covered container bridge."


(This amendment provides $50,000 from the general fund in the second year to help support the Mendota Trail Project and construct a "Container Covered Bridge" across a 200-foot span. The Mendota Trail is a 12.5 mile recreational trail linking Bristol Virginia to Mendota Virginia on a former railroad bed. The City of Bristol acquired the property and has transferred it to Mountain Heritage, Inc. The first mile of the trail opened to the public in October, 2017 and the first of 17 trestles was rehabilitated. In order to open a five mile section of the trail, repairs are needed on a 193 foot long trestle, which is proposed to be uniquely repaired through the construction of a bridge made from aluminum shipping containers. The requested funds would cover less than half the cost, with local contributions filling the remaining need.)