Borough assembly members approved Robert Murphy’s request to replace the footbridge on the Dyea flats, which gives Murphy access to his property.

The bridge rests on municipal property, requiring Murphy to get permission from the municipality before acting.

Murphy said he wants to replace the bridge with cedar and steel and hopes to make it more pleasing to the eye, and suggested donating the bridge to the municipality.

Borough manager Scott Hahn worried that if the bridge were to be donated, the municipality would be responsible for replacing it should something happen in the future.

Assemblyman Steve Burnahm Jr. suggested that the municipality agree to grant Murphy access to build the bridge, and should he not need the bridge in the future, the table would revisit the issue.

“We consider it a benefit to the community,” Mayor Mark Schaefer said.