Above, the portion of the walkway is shown that was ripped away during a December trainwreck.

HARPERS FERRY – When a partly destroyed walkway over the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry might be rebuilt is uncertain, a National Park Service official said.

The walkway is a vital link for day trekkers as well as long-distance hikers and cyclists to reach popular national park trails, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and the Appalachian Trail on the Maryland side of the Potomac. So town and Park Service officials want the walkway—damaged during a freight train derailment on Dec. 21 — reopened as quickly as possible.

Spring weather that will draw streams of visitors to Lower Town shops and the surrounding Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is only about three months away, they pointed out last Monday during a Town Hall meeting.

“One of the very important things to the entire community here and the park is the restoration of the pedestrian bridge,” explained Harpers Ferry Mayor Wayne Bishop. “Not only is the bridge a place where people walk but it’s a

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