Dublin City Council has given the green light to the second phase of the city's pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River.

Council members April 10 approved a $22.13 million contract with Kokosing for the second phase of the bridge.

Councilwoman Chris Amorose Groomes voted against the resolution and said the city should spend time illustrating its spending evolution for the project.

"I'm a little bit torn about how we got here," she said.

City Manager Dana McDaniel said the various cost iterations were communicated during a series of public meetings about the bridge and other parts of the project.

"There should be no surprises here tonight," McDaniel said.

Council on Jan. 23 authorized a contract with Kokosing for the initial construction phase of the west plaza retaining wall and Scioto River pedestrian bridge west abutment.

Construction on that phase began in early February and is expected to end in late May. Construction on the balance of the bridge is slated to begin later this month. Final completion of the bridge is expected to be in summer 2019.

Council in September approved $22.75 million in funding for construction of the Scioto River pedestrian and bicycle bridge and $9.4 million for the first phase of Riverside Park as part of the city's five-year capital improvements program for 2017-2021.

During their April 10 meeting, council members also approved naming the Riverside park project the Riverside Crossing Park.

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