By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
After two years of waiting and frustration from residents and county officials, Bridge 23 is expected to be completed in August.
The old iron bridge, at John Pectol and Hamby roads, has been removed and a bid will be accepted by the state Wednesday, March 6. The construction of the new bridge is a federal aid project which means the county will be responsible for 20 percent of the total cost which is expected to be around $1 million.
Don Lopp, director of operations and Floyd County planner, said there have been several issues to solve to get to this point.
“The main thing is there are so many historical requirements to go through,” Lopp said. “There were a lot of regulations and procedures to follow.”
The county has already paved the way for the new bridge to be built by clearing trees. The bridge is 92 feet long.
Floyd County bridges are inspected every two years, and in 2011, a state inspector recommended closing Bridge 23 immediately due to safety reasons Lopp said. He also said about 900 vehicles a day used the bridge before it was closed.
Stormwater manuals approved
The Floyd County Commissioners recently approved two stormwater ordinances which should help spell out maintenance standards and along with the city, put together a new design manual which includes criteria for builders to follow.
“We were able to set our own guidelines and ordinances. The rules and regulations are now in one place,” said Chris Moore, GSI technician for Floyd County. “The design manual also provides specs and design ideas on catch basins.”
Moore said the guidelines were copied from Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District manual, but includes Indiana regulations.
“New Albany and Floyd County worked together on this. We have the same design standards,” Moore said. “This should help us out and give us more oversight. We can show this to people and say this is what is on the books.”
“It will allow folks to have a set of guidelines that everyone is supposed to follow,” Lopp said.
Council must redistrict
The Floyd County Council will soon begin the task of redistricting its four districts prior to the next election. A committee was formed following the February council meeting.
There is a large variation of the number of residents between the four districts represented on the council that needs to be more equal.
Cleanup day planned
Floyd County has planned a cleanup day April 27 near the Edwardsville-Georgetown exit off Interstate 64, which is known as the Edwardsville Gateway area.
Besides picking up trash, some landscaping will be completed that day.