Temporary fix not affordable
By Bert Lehman
The pedestrian bridge over the Pigeon River near the Clintonville Community Center will remain closed after city officials decided it is not financially feasible to repair.
The pedestrian bridge was discussed at the Dec. 6 Clintonville Streets Committee meeting after the city received another cost estimate to repair it.
At that meeting, committee Chairman Jim Supanich told the committee that the city had a second company assess the pedestrian bridge to determine if a temporary fix could be possible in order to reopen the bridge.
“At this point it looks like there’s not much we can do temporarily to get it open. … There’s no simple, easy quick fix to get a couple of more years out of it,” Supanich said. “So we’re going to have to leave it closed at this point.”
He told the committee that the estimates to repair the pedestrian bridge have ranged from $70,000 to $100,000.
He added that he spoke to Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland about the matter because a pedestrian bridge was brought up during discussions about a downtown revitalization project that would include a river walk.
“The hope is that next year, 2019, at some point we can get a consultant that will lay out the actual river walk, so we can take that to council and move it forward, and see if we can get a grant to replace this particular pedestrian bridge, and come up with a design for what it is going to be,” Supanich said.
Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs asked if the cost of removing the current pedestrian bridge could be included in the grant funds request.
Supanich said that cost would be covered by grant funds if the city receives such funds.