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Price nailed down on bridge materials

Milltown bridge on schedule for 2009 construction

November 05, 2008
The Crawford County Board of Commissioners Thursday night took another step in making sure Milltown has a new bridge over Blue River by the end of next year. The three-member board unanimously approved a firm materials quote and for engineers to move forward with the final design process.

Darin Duncan of CPI Supply, joined by Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering, said that by approving the firm materials quote of $564,660, along with engineers having gotten the majority of the necessary permits (the last one is expected soon), the commissioners have enabled work to move forward on the project.

The commissioners' vote is contingent upon the Crawford County Council, which earlier said it would provide funding for the project, authorizing specific dollars.

The project, which will replace the old, single-lane bridge with a two-lane structure, will be paid for jointly by Crawford and Harrison counties, with the latter picking up 60 percent of the bill, as has been tradition for bridge projects that connect the two counties. However, that may not include the costs associated with relocating utilities from the old bridge to the new one, as Harrison County officials previously discussed not splitting those costs, since the bridge technically belongs to Crawford County.

Harrison County Commissioner James Goldman, whose district includes the Harrison County side of Milltown, said the Harrison County Council already included funding for the bridge project in the county's 2009 budget.

The bridge will be constructed of painted weathered steel, Duncan said, explaining "weathering steel allows a lot of forgiveness." Unpainted, the steel, a rust color like the new bridge over Blue River south of Milltown on Rothrock's Mill Road, uses its own corrosive properties to protect it from further corrosion.

Woosley said he expects the final permit, from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, to be approved shortly, allowing for the project to be advertised for bids by the end of the year. That would allow work to be done before a legally-mandated no-work period in the river's channel in the spring, he said.

Duncan added that he believes the project will have a lot of interest from contractors.

"I think you will have some good numbers," he said.

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