Fixing Trollheim Volunteer Events and Our GoFundMe

The Friends of Mount Vernon Trail are seeking volunteers for multiple events in our ongoing effort to make Trollheim Bridge a little less trollish. Officially called Bridge 31, Trollheim is the wooden bridge next to Theodore Roosevelt Island that has been the site of multiple crashes due to slippery surfaces.

10/31 – Come help us remove the gunk between the board decks that prevents drainage and contributes to mold, mildew and other slippery stuff. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125567909999
11/14 – You hear those deck boards flopping around when you ride on the bridge? Come help reattach them. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125570848789
11/19 – Come help replace some deck boards that are rotting. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125571390409
12/5 – There’s a lot of freaking loose boards. This is a second loose board fixing event. If we run out of boards, we’ll start flipping some of the boards to extend their life. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125572507751

We’re also raising funds to apply an anti-skid treatment to Trollheim. The super good stuff that will both work and survive heavy use and bad weather is pricey. If you’d like to help, you can contribute at our GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-crash-free-trollheim

Changes Proposed to Trollheim Bridge

The National Park Service has released a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment for improvements to Theodore Roosevelt Island.  The scope of the project includes changes to Bridge 31, which trail users commonly refer to as Trollheim Bridge due to the number of crashes and injuries that have occurred on its slippery surface.

NPS has proposed four alternatives.  All four alternatives include widening the bridge to 12 or 14 feet and replacing the bridge decking to provide a more even surface with.

More information on the project can be found here. The four proposed alternatives can viewed starting on page 268 of the Environmental Assessment.  Stay tuned for additional opportunities to provide public comment on which of the four alternatives you prefer.