Columbus opens bids for walking path

City officials have opened bids for contracts to build a new walking path along Marr Road between 10th Street and the Cummins Fuel Systems Plant near 17th Street.

Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer, said the 8-foot wide concrete walking path along Marr Road will connect pedestrians who live in the apartments near the 10th Street intersection to the area of the fuel plant, where some of the apartment dwellers work.

The side path, which will travel along Marr for almost a half mile, also will connect to planned intersection improvements at 10th Street and Marr Road. The city plans to add a pedestrian signal and curb ramps for better pedestrian safety at the busy intersection, he said.

Funding for the project is being provided by Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Bids, which were taken under advisement by the city engineering department, were submitted by:

  • Kings Trucking and Excavation, Seymour, $416,610.
  • Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc., North Vernon, $317,323.40.
  • Milestone Contractors, Columbus, $358,550.
  • Case Construction, Edinburgh, $241,522.37.

The side path is expected to be completed by April, with the signal improvements at 10th and Marr to be completed by July, the engineering department said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.