Three factors are influencing replacement of the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek in southern Zionsville:
• Whether the county wants to wait for federal funding;
• Whether to use only local funding; or
• Whether the bridge fails an inspection and must be closed.
Boone Highway Superintendent Rick Carney believes the county should act now, and replace the bridge as soon as possible, using a design with an estimated price of $1.25 million.
“That’s just for the bridge itself,” Carney said. Costs of easing a curve on the south side to make it safer for two wide vehicles to pass in opposite directions, and improvements on Ford Road to alleviate flooding risks, are not included, nor are costs of buying land for bridge and road right of way.
“It’s just a local savings if we get federal money; it’s all tax money, whether we get it from the feds,” Carney said. “Do you want to spend it out of local money, as one of our council members would like to see, or do you want to get federal aid?”
County Councilman David Rodgers abstained from a vote moving $500,000 into the bridge fund because Ford Road does not connect with an interstate.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.