“We hope the Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation will look at the application favorably,” Leser said.
However, he noted, Anderson is competing for federal funding with cities across the U.S.
“There are more projects than funding,” Leser said. “We have to compete with other urban areas for public transportation project funding and bridges that carry more traffic.”
He said the county has been told it is moving up the list for possible funding and the Federal Highway Administration in Indianapolis has made the replacement of the Eisenhower Bridger a top priority.
Leser said there is an emphasis being placed on the local share of the funding for projects because some communities received a TIGER grant, but didn’t have the matching funds.
Because most of the property on the east and west approaches to the bridge is owned by Anderson and Madison County, there is no requirement for a public hearing to acquire right of way.
Plans for the new bridge call for the deck to be 83 feet wide, 10 feet wider than the current span over the White River. Also planned are a center divider to separate the east and westbound lanes, pedestrian walkways on both sides to include space for bicycles, and guardrails protecting walkers and bicyclists.
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