MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council gave full support of a piece of legislation Monday night that permits the city to provide local funding to rehabilitate and install the bowstring truss bridge at Foundation Park.
The Ohio Department of Transportation Project requires a payment of $77,440 to pay off the city’s share of the $387,200 project. The city has already paid $70,000 in engineering fees for the project.
Original estimates expected the city to provide $180,000 toward the total cost, which included engineering fees. Private donations from The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, Ariel Foundation and Karen Buchwald Wright have been committed to the project with $45,000 contributions each. Because the actual cost was less, the contributors will have to decide if the overage is reimbursed or used for other projects at Foundation Park. Each contributor’s share, as well as that of the city, is $36,860. According to Cameron Keaton, city engineer, the project will be bid in late May or early June with work expected to start in July. The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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