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Kane Forest provides $2 million to Aurora pedestrian bridge

Updated: March 15, 2013 1:21PM

The Kane County Forest Preserve Wednesday approved transferring funds to make a $2 million contribution to a pedestrian bridge in downtown Aurora.

The bridge will extend from the Wilder Park area on the west side of the Fox River near the old police station, to RiverEdge Park on the east bank of the river. The bridge is intended to help relieve parking congestion near the new RiverEdge Park, which will have a capacity of about 10,000.

The park is set to open with the Blues on the Fox concert in June. Construction on the bridge is not expected to be complete at the time the park opens, however.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle to get things done,” said Forest Preserve Commissioner Jesse Vazquez, D-Aurora.

The total cost of the bridge is $6 million.

Commissioner Deb Allan, D-Elgin, said Aurora-area representatives on the Forest Preserve board have been supportive of forest enhancements on the north end of the county in the past, and gave her support to the Aurora project.

“I think this is just a continuation of our goal to help the riverfront,” she said.

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