GREATER LAFAYETTE (WLFI) — Original plans called for the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge to be closed in April to begin renovations, but now the work may not start until this fall.
After the first bid for work was rejected by INDOT Lafayette city engineer Jenny Leshney said there was a promising second bid this month.
“That one was under the estimate and we were already to move forward with that bidder, but we received notice yesterday from INDOT that it was rejected because of the capacity of work issue with that particular contractor,” Leshney said.
Because the project is using $3.5 million of federal funds INDOT has the final say, and now this summer project is looking more like a fall job.
“Our intention was to start July 7 on the construction and we will likely be pushed back to September before we can start construction on the bridge,” Leshney said.
Leshney said the bridge itself is in good shape and just needs new railing. The smaller bridge over the railroad tracks needs repaired as soon as possible.
“The deck is not in good shape and we are concerned that if we don’t do something soon then we will have to restrict the amount of pedestrians that can be over and on that bridge and that’s very difficult to do, and also the elevators just need to be replaced and we need to have that accessibility back and forth across the railroad,” she said.
If everything goes according to plan Leshney said the project should be wrapped up in time for next summer.
“I’m hoping that this time next year it will be finished, so if we get some good weather this fall and then come back and finish it up in the spring,” Leshney said.
The bridge will be open all summer. Leshney said it will be used for the Stars and Stripes Fireworks show in July.