Mill Valley residents may feel a little more connected to the rest of Marysville once the city completes a plan for a pedestrian bridge over U.S. Route 33.
City Administrator Terry Emery told Marysville City Council's public service committee Aug. 19 that work on the $1.6-million project is expected to start next fall and be finished by spring 2015. Most of the cost will be paid for by a $1.3-million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The city will provide the remaining $300,000.
Embry said ODOT typically does not release grant money until June or July.
Preliminary renderings of the bridge show a span that is 12 feet wide and 285 feet long and looks much like a covered bridge.
A walking trail coming off Amrine Mill Road on the south side of Marysville High School will run up to the pedestrian bridge over U.S. Route 33 and pick up again on the other side of the highway to connect with an existing bike trail that runs parallel to Route 33. The new portion of the bike trail will be about 1,700 feet long.
Some lighting will placed on the bridge, although the exact form or amount of lighting is still to be determined.
The grant application for the project was submitted in April 2011. Funding was secured September 2011.
Councilwoman Tracy Richardson, chairwoman of the public service committee, said she is excited about the plan but concerned that the trail coming off the bridge on the north side falls short of providing usable access. She would like to see it connected to Valley Drive instead of just the existing bike trail near Mill Valley.
Emery and Public Service Director John Mitchell said that is something they can consider, but the city does not own any of that property, which is why it can't be added to the current project.
The property is owned by Dominion Homes, the developer of Mill Valley.
Emery and Mitchell said they might be able to ask Dominion to donate the land to make the development more appealing.
"We can approach them once this project is nearing completion," Mitchell said. "We don't want to tie that up with ODOT because we have to own the property (to qualify for the grant) and it would slow the whole process down."
Rob Priesetas, the city's project and facilities engineer, said the bridge will serve hundreds of residents.
"We are hoping that the majority of residents and students from the more than 1,600 homes in Mill Valley will utilize this bridge and path to attend activities and locations such as school, football games, the county fair, and Uptown Marysville, to name a few," Priesetas said.