PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission approved an agreement for engineering design services for the Great Miami River Pedestrian Bridge Project during their meeting Tuesday evening. This project will replace the existing utility bridge behind the old Piqua Power Plant.
“The biggest issue is that it’s still not ADA-compliant,” City Engineer Amy Havenar said.
The city plans to construct the new ADA-compliant bridge for pedestrians over the Great Miami River near Goodrich Giles Park along County Road 25-A, which will provide better access for walkers and cyclists. It will also alleviate commotion behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is where the current bridge leads.
The agreement is with LJB, Inc. The cost is not to exceed $230,000, which includes $196,421 for the design services, the environmental study and geotechnical investigation, and the development of right-of-way plans as well as a contingency. The construction cost is estimated at $1.9 million.
The city currently does not have grant funding in place for the project, as the majority of the possible grant funding requires almost immediate turnover of the project. Havenar explained that the city plans to have the complete design documents ready in order to qualify for and utilize possible grant funds.
Project Manager Dan Hoying of LJB also attended the meeting and explained the scope of their work, including the geotechnical investigation involving taking soil borings and samples although with a field survey and topographical research for surrounding area.
Hoying also said that they believe the new bridge will be a two-span structure with one pier in the center, calling that design “relatively standard.” He added they thought a pre-fabricated truss option would be the best super structure option for the bridge.
May named Bicycle Month
Bike Piqua attended the meeting in support of this bridge project as well as to receive a proclamation from Mayor Kazy Hinds that named May as Bike Month in the city of Piqua.
“Piqua hosts event such as Bike to Work Month, Bike to School Week, and the Groovy Gourd Bike Tour, and local and visiting cyclists enjoy traveling the Great Miami River Trail (and) the Piqua Trail System,” Hinds said. “These bicycling activities and attractions have great potential to have a positive impact on Piqua’s economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making this city attractive to businesses.”
Hinds also commended how “creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion.”
Jeff Lange of Bike Piqua provided the commission and attendees with some statistics about usage of the Bike Path from April 2016 to April 2017, stating that 30,000 pedestrians utilized it. In addition, nearly 20,000 cyclists used the Bike Path.
“The average pedestrian use per day was 82 pedestrians and 51 cyclists,” Lange said. “The most popular day for pedestrians was Saturday, and the most popular day for cyclists was on Sunday.”
Commission honors retirees
The commission also honored two retiring city employees during their meeting, Water Plant Mechanic Robert John Hanselman and Firefighter/Paramedic James William Stein.
The commission chambers was packed with family and community members in support of Hanselman and Stein.
“Robert John Hanselman has retired as water plant mechanic with the Water Plant … his retirement follows 30 years of faithful and dedicated service to the city and its citizens,” Hinds said.
“James William Stein has retired as firefighter/paramedic with the Fire Department … his retirement follows 25 years of faithful and dedicated service to the city and its citizens.”
In recognition and appreciation for the public service of both Hanselman and Stein, Hinds said, “This commission tenders its unanimous and respectful tribute by this resolution, which shall be a matter of public and permanent record.”
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