Another effort is being made by the Boone County Commissioners to convince the Boone County Council to replace the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek.
It’s another step in what has become an informal war between the commissioners, who want to use a surplus, 80-year-old steel bridge discarded by the Indiana Department of Transportation to replace an aging concrete bridge that is crumbling into the creek. Some members of the Boone County Council, along with the Zionsville Town Council, believe the steel bridge is not adequate for current and future needs.
Commissioner Marc Applegate has asked Jim Barker, the engineer designing the installation of a steel truss bridge over the stream, to provide the cost of improving a curve on the south side of the bridge, widening the now-24-foot-wide steel bridge, and the installation expense.
“I’d like to at least ask for an additional in that amount,” Applegate said, referring to the process required before any agency can ask the county council to approve more spending.
No figures were available during a recent commissioner’s meeting, prompting Commissioner Jeff Wolfe to say, “I think we should wait until after we have the numbers” before he voted against the motion.
See Wednesday’s Times Sentinel for the full story.