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A preliminary plan is ready, and construction can start as soon as school lets out. That was the statement from Don Jenkins of MECO Engineering Co. regarding the repair of the Spring Street bridge. …
A preliminary plan is ready, and construction can start as soon as school lets out. That was the statement from Don Jenkins of MECO Engineering Co. regarding the repair of the Spring Street bridge. The bridge has been closed since April 2022, when city crews noticed erosion had compromised the bridge.
During its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14, the city council gave unanimous approval of the plan, which will cost around $384,000. The city will pay for the project from funds given to Fayette through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Fayette received $542,601 in funding.
The bridge lies right beside the softball field at Daly Elementary School. That section of Spring Street is closed during morning drop-offs and afternoon pickups at Daly, but its closure has caused travel issues around ball games and other school functions.
The bridge crosses a creek near Bell Street. A new concrete box will be constructed beneath the bridge.
“All the plans will be bid out to start construction as soon as school lets out, so it won’t mess with any school traffic,” Jenkins said.
MECO indicates that the project should be completed by the time school starts in late August.
“I don’t see any reason to wait until school is out because there’s no traffic there anyway because you’re not supposed to use it,” said Southwest Ward Alderman Bekki Galloway.
Once the project is put out for bids, the process is expected to last 21 days.
“We need to get this started as soon as possible,” said Mayor Jeremy Dawson. “We don’t want anything on [the council’s] part holding it up. It’s been closed long enough.”
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