Delaware County plans to build a new $2 million Sunbury Road bridge over Big Walnut Creek.

Delaware County plans to build a new $2 million Sunbury Road bridge over Big Walnut Creek.

"This project is necessary due to structural deterioration of the bridge," county engineer Chris Bauserman told ThisWeek.

The $2 million construction cost will replace the 200-foot bridge, built in 1953 as part of the city of Columbus Hoover Reservoir project, Bauserman said. About 1,700 vehicles per day travel the road.

Construction is scheduled between spring and summer of 2013 and will last about six months. Two-way traffic will be maintained on one lane with traffic controls during construction.

Traffic will use one side of the existing bridge, until the other side is replaced. Then the remaining old side will be replaced.

The new bridge will include a path for pedestrians and bicycles.

County commissioners on June 20 approved a modification to the engineering contract with Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton to include the project's final engineering plans, increasing the total contract to $288,160. To date, $126,965 has been spent under the original contract.

Commissioners also approved:

The $149,877 purchase of six new vehicles for the regional sewer district. Purchases include a Ford Escape at $17,877; two Ford F-150 extended cabs for a total of $43,460; a Ford F-250 supercab for $30,854; a Ford F-250 supercab with a snow plow for $33,554 and one Ford F-150 extended cab with safety lights for $24,132.

Applications for three grants from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. The first, a $70,000 grant with a local match of $17,500, would allow Delaware County Common Pleas Court to implement a specialized docket to address opiate abuse as well as other illegal drugs. The second, a $41,000 grant with a local match of $10,250, would enable Adult Court Services to divert offenders from the Delaware County Jail. The third, a $60,000 grant with a local county match of $7,500 and a local city match of $7,500, would fund a probation officer that supervises misdemeanors and felons who are suffering from mental illness.

Applications for two Victims of Crime Act and State Victims Assistance Act grants from the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The first, a $42,767 grant with a local match of $10,077, would fund the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) executive director position, a desk top computer and a CASA case specific software package. The second, a $76,133 grant with a local match of $13,214, would fund the victims coordinator, one case manager and the purchase of a new desk top computer.