Save the Confluence Bicycle Bridge

The bicycle bridge over the Youghiogheny River is a vital link between the small town of Confluence, PA and the 150 mile long Great Allegheny Passage bicycle trail ( The 283 foot long bridge enables bicyclists and hikers to safely and conveniently enter the town of of Confluence, a major destination along the trail. Here cyclists can find restaurants, lodging, food stores and a bicycle shop. In the Fall of 2015, the bridge was closed to traffic because the wooden deck had developed rot in numerous places. In the Spring of 2016, a group of volunteers organized by the Confluence Tourism Association raised the funds and provided the labor to place a temporary wooden deck over the existing deck so that the bridge could be open for the season.
The Confluence Tourism Association ( is now embarking on a fund raising campaign to replace the wooden deck with a concrete deck that will last for decades.  We have a quote of $54,750 to complete the work. We have also received very generous 50% match funding from the Somerset Trust Company.  As a result, we need to raise $36,000 and hope to have the bridge deck repaired in the Fall of 2017.  Donors of $500 or more will have their name included on a plaque on the bridge memorializing their generosity. Donors of $300 will receive a matted 16" X 20" print of their choice of one of the trail photographs by nationally-known photographer Paul Wiegman.

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Bradley Smith 
Confluence, PA
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