The city has taken the next step toward construction of a new Camp Street bridge over Busch Creek.
During their meeting Monday night, city council members authorized the mayor to enter into a contract with CRD & Associates Inc. for design services related to the new bridge.
The estimated cost for the engineering and design of the bridge is $53,724.
“This will allow us to put together a bid package for the project,” City Engineer Dan Boyce told council members.
Boyce said the plan is to open bids next March and begin construction in April or May.
CRD was the engineering firm that prepared the previous bridge design before the council halted progress on the project in 2008 based on citizen objections.
Boyce noted that since then, new FEMA floodplain maps have been developed which requires revisions to the bridge design.
In September, the city approved rezoning a 12.4-acre tract on the south side of the creek for future development of duplex housing units in exchange for easements and right of way for the bridge project.
The Otten family wanted the property rezoned in order to build two-family units similar to those on the south side of East Rose Lane, but they have not submitted any definite plans at this point.
Funds for construction of the new bridge and the extension of Camp Street are allocated in the 2013-14 fiscal year budget.
The budget has $950,000 earmarked for the street and bridge project, including $10,000 for right of way acquisition, $50,000 for design work and $900,000 for construction in 2014.
Funding for the project will come from the half-cent transportation sales tax fund.
The city had engineering plans completed and awarded a construction contract, but the city council scuttled the project in 2008 after a heated debate that raged on for months.
The city ended up paying $4,000 to the company awarded the construction contract after the council stopped the project.
The city also had negotiated with property owners for right of way and easements, but those were good for only two years and had to be renegotiated.
Last year, the council voted to reverse the earlier decision and move forward with replacing the old bridge that was destroyed decades ago.