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Engineering firm chosen for Newbern bridge move

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Columbus engineering firm Strand Associates will shepherd the 104-year-old Newbern Bridge to its new location as part of the People Trail.

The Bartholomew County Commissioners approved a $100,500 contract Monday hiring the company to handle the bridge's move to its new home.

The one-lane bridge on County Road 850E carries more than 800 vehicles a day, providing access to a mobile home park and several residences along Huffer and Newbern roads, as well as County Road 265N.

Since closing the bridge over Clifty Creek would require nearby residents to drive several miles out of their way, the current structure will stay until the new one is built next to it, county highway engineer Danny Hollander said.

Once the new bridge is completed, the one-lane, iron-truss bridge will be moved to the People Trail to provide a crossing over Haw Creek for bicyclists and pedestrians.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.

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