Washington will apply for $50,000 in funding for the proposed Camp Street bridge and approaches.

The city council authorized applying for a grant from the Franklin County Transportation Committee. The application is due in July and the city should find out quickly if the grant is approved.

Construction on the project is set to begin later this year.

The new Camp Street bridge will be an elevated span rather than a box culvert. In addition to the new span, the project will include construction of new sections of Camp Street on both sides of the bridge.

The city 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.

Funding for the project will come from the half-cent transportation sales tax fund.

The project originally was proposed in 2008 but was dropped after a firestorm of opposition and heated debate among the council that raged for months.

The project was scuttled after engineering plans were completed and a construction contract awarded. That cost the city $4,000 to terminate the contract after the council voted to halt the project.

In 2012, the council voted to reverse the earlier decision and move forward with replacing the old bridge that collapsed several decades ago.

The strong opposition from citizens and some council members has not resurfaced since the project was resurrected.