WORTHINGTON — During the July 22 Worthington City Council meeting, council members approved an agreement for professional services with Short Elliott Hendrickson during the construction phase of the replacement of the Centennial Park pedestrian bridge. This approval means the bridge can be completed this season, as was decided at the May 27 city council meeting.

The bridge is one of Worthington's local-option sales tax projects recently approved by the state. City Administrator Steve Robinson outlined the budget at $200,000 total for the project, $21,515 of which is allotted toward the contract with SEH.

SEH will be responsible for conducting inspections during critical bridge placement, reviewing shop drawings and staking the site.

The existing bridge is 60 feet long and 4 feet wide, with power pole girders and wood timber abutments. The new structure will be 56 feet long and 6 feet wide, expanded to include ADA-compliant sidewalks. It will include a truss structure made of pre-fabricated steel, a timber deck and concrete abutments.

If the bridge is completed as planned, it will be among the last city construction projects of the season. It will also represent the first completed project of the newly approved local-option sales tax projects.