Falls Township Seeks Bids for Footbridge Upgrades and Streambank Restoration

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Officials anticipate construction to begin by year’s end, as the project has been 90% designed.

On Monday, supervisors from Falls Township unanimously authorized the advertisement of the improvement project of the Vermillion Hills footbridge on Vermont Lane.

“This has been going on for a long time,” Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence said.

Township engineer Joseph Jones said he plans to open bids on Sept. 20. Jones anticipates construction beginning by year’s end, as the project has been 90% designed.

A resident built the footbridge years ago in memory of Craig Doster, who had died of cancer. Last year, Marta Grothman, a teacher at Manor Elementary, approached the township about potentially restoring the bridge and clearing the bushes, trees, and brush, as part of a school project.

Given the footbridge’s proximity to the creek and the possible danger associated with working on a streambank in need of stabilization, Jones said the project would require some engineering work and would be a better fit for improvements under the township’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Keeping the community safe is of the utmost importance. 

The footbridge is located near another footbridge that Falls Township had replaced several years ago. 

Learn more about the project at Falls Township.


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