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Fredericksburg city to take down UMW boardwalk this weekend

Fredericksburg city officials are scheduled Saturday to start taking down the 500-foot boardwalk that leads to the University of Mary Washington’s pedestrian bridge spanning U.S. 1.

They plan to start at 6 a.m. and finish Sunday evening.

The pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be closed Saturday through Tuesday. In the meantime, students will have to use the U.S. 1 crosswalk.

A contractor will put up fencing by the Anderson Center—currently under construction—to create a path for students to access the bridge. The pedestrian bridge will reopen after the fencing is installed, UMW Associate Vice President for Facilities Services John Wiltenmuth said in an email.

Construction of the $15 million Anderson Center is scheduled to wrap up in late May or early June. It is a multi-use facility that will seat up to 2,000 spectators for basketball games and up to 3,000 for concerts and other events.

City officials plan to use wood from the boardwalk for bridges and pathways at Fredericksburg’s parks. They are not charging UMW for taking down the structure.