WENATCHEE — The Port of Chelan County and City of Wenatchee are teaming up to improve pedestrian access to Pybus Public Market by adding two stairways to speed foot routes.
One of the new stairways will connect the eastern end of the pedestrian bridge at the foot of First Street to the sidewalk on Worthen Street, below.
The bridge stairway will allow pedestrians to head more directly to the market without entirely crossing the bridge into Riverfront Park, Steve King, the city’s community development director, said Friday.
The other stairway will replace the precarious footpaths already carved into a steep dirt berm off the back side of the Pybus parking lot at the foot of Orondo Avenue. This project will ease pedestrians’ descent onto the unofficially named “River Road,” below and include a crosswalk onto the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail near the Orondo Boat Launch parking lot.
The projects’ combined cost is estimated at $210,000. The city will fund $150,000 of it. The port will pay $60,000 and manage the project, King said.
Construction could begin as early as this fall, but possibly not until spring of 2014, King said.