NEWBERN — After more than a decade of delays, it appears replacement of a 102-year-old bridge on County Road 850E near Newbern might get under way next year. The highway department will receive 80 percent of the $1.4 million cost from federal funding.
The one-lane, iron-truss bridge now spanning Clifty Creek is expected to become part of the Columbus People Trail in 2014, providing bicyclists and pedestrians with their own crossing of Haw Creek under 25th Street, just east of Lincoln Park.
If all goes as planned, the pedestrian bridge should be available for the second Cummins marathon in September 2014, according to Bartholomew County Highway Department engineer Danny Hollander.
See Friday's Republic for more details.