Construction is starting on a $1.6 million pedestrian bridge in Marysville that will span U.S. Route 33 northeast of Raymond Road.
Assistant city engineer Rob Priestas said crews have been mobilizing to get maintenance traffic set up. In the meantime, excavating machinery has been sitting at the entrance of the future trail.
The Marysville Board of Control awarded the contract to Shaw & Holter Inc. in early April. Priestas said crews hoped to start work at the end of last week or the beginning of this week.
The bridge will be funded mostly by the Ohio Department of Transportation, through a $1.3 million Transportation Enhancement Program grant. The city will pay the other $300,000 from the general fund.
The original grant application for the project was submitted in April 2011, and funding was secured in September 2011.
The state recently gave the nod to get the project started.
"It's all approved. Everything's set. They have released funds for the contract to be paid and have given authorization for the contractor to proceed," Priestas said.
The goal of the bridge is better connectivity between Mill Valley, Marysville's largest subdivision, and the city.
During construction, traffic may be intermittently interrupted on Route 33. Work is expected to take about 16 months.
"Our goal is end of September 2014, but obviously, that's weather-dependent," Priestas said.
The 12-foot-wide, 285-foot-long structure will look much like a covered bridge and will include LED lights. A walking trail off Amrine Mill Road on the south side of Marysville High School will lead to the pedestrian bridge. On the other side of the highway, the path will connect to an existing bike trail that runs parallel to Route 33. The new portion of the trail will total about 1,700 feet.
Eventually, the trail will connect to Valley Drive in the Mill Valley subdivision, but for now it will stop at the walking path adjacent to Route 33.
Dominion Homes donated three lots to the city -- valued at an estimated $78,000 -- to help the trail connect.
"It will eventually be tied in at some point, but not as part of this project," Priestas said. "That would be outside of the original project scope. But that's something we're working on as part of that Dominion lot acquisition."
Priestas said so far, everything is going according to plan.
"We're looking forward to getting it underway and getting moving," he said.