Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 3, 2012

Commissioners want $500,000 for Ford Road bridge replacement

By Rod Rose/For the Times Sentinel

— Changing the speed limit  for the curve where Ford Road merges with West 96th Street could mean more delays in replacing a disintegrating concrete bridge.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Boone County Board of Commissioners will ask the Boone County Council to approve up to $500,000 so they can begin installing a steel truss bridge over Eagle Creek. The council voted, 4-2, to withhold $294,500 from the bridge project, effectively halting it, until then; the Zionsville Town Council, and the commissioners could design a mutually acceptable replacement for the old bridge.

There could be another barricade, however; at their Monday, Oct. 1, meeting, Commissioner Marc Applegate said the 25mph speed limit previously approved for the Ford Road/West 96th Street curve, south of the bridge, may have to be changed.

“If we get into the project area, a design exception may be required,” Applegate said. “We want to stay as far away from a design exception as we can.”

Asking for an exception would involve state and federal agencies and could further delay replacement of the existing bridge, which was first suggested in 1994.

See Wednesday’s paper for the full story.