By Ken de la Bastide The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON – A second pedestrian bridge over White River is being planned by the city of Anderson and the walkway could become a reality in the next two years near Baxter Road.
Madison County is donating a historic iron bridge on County Road 450 North over Killbuck Creek to the city of Anderson.
To replace that bridge, the county intends to construct a new structure over Killbuck Creek in 2015. The city will pay for disassembling the bridge and have it reassembled starting in 2014.
Mike Spyers, Anderson city engineer, said the project is a cooperative effort between the city, county, Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The Anderson Board of Public Works approved a contract with the Indianapolis engineering firm of Beam, Longest & Neff to determine the work needed to be done to disassemble the bridge and to conduct inspections. The contract is not to exceed $25,800.
Spyers said the engineer’s estimate is $250,000 for disassembling, numbering the girders and storing the bridge. He said the Madison County Council of Government has funds available for the project and that the federal government will provide 80 percent of the needed funding.
Spyers said the city is looking at extending the river trail and the bridge could be used to cross to the north side of White River, to the north of the city’s Central Services Building.
He said the Anderson Park Department owns some property on the Anderson/Frankton Road which will be used for parking and a trailhead.
Anderson purchased an historic iron bridge from Fountain County in 2003 at a cost of $100,000. The bridge across the White River near 10th Street was opened for pedestrian use in 2008.
The city is also extending the existing trail system from west of Broadway to University Boulevard in 2014.
Spyers said an existing dirt trail and access road to the former city wells along the White River will be paved. The trail will extend approximately 2,050 feet.
He said the estimated cost is $56,000 with the funds coming from the Board of Works budget. A parking lot will be constructed near Dossett’s Garage.
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