MOUNT VERNON — The Braddock Street bridge project is ready to go.
The city of Mount Vernon had the funds to replace the bridge through a Community Development Block Grant, but once the work was started, it was discovered the gas line ran along the bridge and needed to be removed. Columbia Gas moved the line this week.
“It looks like the project is ready to move ahead,” Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis said. “We’ve already ordered the concrete box, so we’re ready to move quickly on the project.”
That’s just one part of the CDBG project that is getting ready to go in that area. The bids have been awarded and work should begin soon on the other portions of the project, which include sidewalks and a parking lot in the area. Sidewalks will be replaced on Sychar Road, as well as Pleasant Street.
The woods north of the Hiawatha Park pavilion will also be cleared this week to make room for a new parking lot. That will give the city more parking for those who use the water park, pavilion and ball fields at Hiawatha Park. Once that parking lot is finished, the lot just south of the pavilion will be paved.