No toll on new bridge near Portsmouth park

Jameson Harding moves a plank into place as he works on the bridge Saturday. Photo by Jim McGaw. Jameson Harding moves a plank into place as he works on the bridge Saturday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Jameson Harding moves a plank into place as he works on the bridge Saturday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Jameson Harding moves a plank into place as he works on the bridge Saturday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

PORTSMOUTH — Now, you can get there from here.

A small bridge has been built across a creek off Glen Road that will allow many pedestrians to take a quicker — and safer — route to the town’s Glen Park.

The job, which should be completed by this weekend, is Jameson Harding’s Eagle Scout project.

He’s getting a hand from his three cohorts — Chase Little, Chris Norton and Alden Jenkins — as well as some adult volunteers. The four boys, who will be high school seniors in the fall, have been together since kindergarten, when they joined Tiger Scouts.

While working on the bridge Saturday, Jameson said the span is necessary because people have gotten hurt trying to cross parts of the stream, which runs along the east side of Glen Farm Road, on their way to Glen Park. Others walk on Glen Road to get to the park, he said.

“This is just one part of a big trail that we’re building,” said Jameson.

Added Alden, “I’m going to be doing trail markers all the way from the Brown House, down through here to the Glen Manor House.”

Chris is building the main sign at the Brown House, while Chase will be building another sign for the bottom of the trail.

“Hopefully when we get all the projects complete, it will be a very nice trail,” said Chris.

Craig Clark, president of the Friends of the Brown House and Jameson’s uncle, came up with the idea for the bridge.

“They got permits,” said Conni Harding, Jameson’s mother. “They went in front of the Town Council, they went to the administrator and Public Works. Usually it’s a birdhouse you build, not a bridge.”

Jameson and his friends also had to raise money for the materials. “So far he’s raised about $1,200,” she said, adding that another $1,500 still needs to be collected.

The handrails for the bridge should be completed by the coming weekend, and the trails are expected to be finished by mid-summer.

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