The Charley Western Trail Bridge toppled in 2017. Mayor Dean Andrews says the bridge is still at least one year away from completion.
Originally, the city council estimated the bridge could be built for $1.2 million. After only receiving a single bid of $1.59 million in January, the council decided to wait until late May to ask for more bids.
The second round of bids came in $190,000 over the estimate. Andrews believes the council will be accepting that bid.
To make up the difference City Engineer John Fallis suggested the council consider ‘toning down’ the bridge by swapping out the railing with chain link fence and by excluding the lighting and sitting areas from the final project.
Fundraising will most likely take place soon to provide the extra $190,000 so the bridge can be built according to the blueprints.