LIMA – The Lima Town Board is working on plans to fix the Cleary Road bridge.
Keith Arner, Lima Highway Superintendent, explained the need for a new structure at Lima’s town board meeting.
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“To look at the bridge you don’t realize that it’s on a skew, but when they went out and did their field measurements it is actually on a slight skew,” said Arner.
Bridge plans have been ongoing, and although the bridge does not meet length standards to be the responsibility of the county, Arner has been in communication with Livingston County Superintendent of Highways Donald Higgins regarding the project. Both Arner and Town Supervisor Pete Yendell recognized Higgins as a knowledgeable and experienced adviser for bridge construction projects.
“I have a good relationship with Don, and Don is a real good person to work with,” Yendell said.
On Higgins’ recommendation, Arner requested permission at the Feb. 2 town board meeting to have county engineering crews spec out and bid out a wooden laminated bridge to replace the existing one.
At the Town’s March 2 meeting, Arner brought an update to the board on the project.
“The county engineering crew for the county highway department came up with some plans.”
The project is now up for bid to potential contractors.
Although the town of Lima will be footing the bill for the bridge, county crews are offering their services in kind and will not charge the town for their assistance with the project.