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The Holmberg Bridge in downtown Chattanooga. Times Free Press photo The Holmberg Bridge in downtown Chattanooga. Times Free Press photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Looking this good isn't cheap.

The Holmberg pedestrian bridge, an architectural gem along the city's riverfront, is proving to be a continual drain on the city's maintenance budget.

The glass bridge connects the Bluff View Art District with Walnut Street. But since the $1.6 million bridge opened in 2005, it's racked up at least $5,000 a year in glass panel repairs, said Lee Norris, Chattanooga's director of public works. In 2007, the city shelled out about $25,000 to fix seven panels, according to newspaper archives. And this year, the city spent about $10,000 on repairs.

Now city officials are meeting with the bridge's original architect to explore a more durable material for the walkway, which is covered with several layers of laminated glass.

Read more from our news partner the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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