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This Bass Road bridge, which crosses over Interstate 69, will be widened to add pedestrian paths.

Pedestrian paths set for Bass Road

Pedestrian paths will be added to an existing Bass Road bridge deck over Interstate 69 after the Allen County commissioners approved an agreement Friday.

The bridge pact between the county, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Northern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council will allow the widening of a bridge deck to accompany pedestrian paths along Bass Road.

INDOT is paying for the bridge work, and it “only made sense to add the pedestrian paths,” said Mike Thornson, an engineer with the Allen County Highway Department.

INDOT will pay the projected $600,000 cost for bridge deck maintenance and updates and has agreed to reimburse the county for the cost of the pedestrian path portion of the project.

Bids for the project are expected to go out next year, and construction could start soon after and continue into 2016, Thornson said.

In a related project, the commissioners approved a $14,000 traffic study of the Hadley Road railroad crossing to determine the fastest path measurements for two planned roundabouts.

The pedestrian bridge agreement and the traffic study are part of a larger five-phase Bass Road project that will take place in the next few years.

The plans include intersection upgrades, widening, trails and road shoulder, drainage and bridge improvements.

The estimated cost of the entire project is $38.5 million, with federal funding covering about 80 percent of the project’s cost.