By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel
Design of a new Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek in southern Zionsville won’t be completed until this winter.
Bridge project manager Michael Matel of Buter, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. told Boone County Highway Supervisor Rick Carney in a Wednesday, Oct. 2 email that, “overall, I feel that we are somewhat ahead of schedule with our design effort.” Matel also said in his email, “To provide you time to review and tie up loose ends, it is our goal to be complete by the end of January.”
“I know we’ve already had the field check for the utilities,” Carney said. “They’re supposed to have it ready for letting (awarding of bids) late this winter.”
The new bridge will be 36 feet wide, with two 12-feet-wide driving lanes, and shoulders 3 feet wide. It will include laminated wood railings that meet Federal Highway Administration safety standards.
Right-of-way engineering was to be finished last week, Matel said. A request for utility work plans was due later this month, while environmental permit information was being readied for submission to state agencies. After the preliminary plans are completed, the contractor has 165 days to complete final plans and obtain all required right of way.
It will cost about $1.25 million to replace the existing bridge, which was built in 1921 and updated with a new deck in 1971. The bridge’s foundations were not replaced then, however, and are crumbling. A large segment of its southern abutment has fallen into the creek, and no vehicle heavier than 15 tons is allowed to use the structure.
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