Efforts continue for pedestrian bridge funding near Bosse High School


The effort to get a pedestrian bridge built near Bosse High School is getting more attention from local and state officials.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he’s talked with INDOT about the plan, and State Representative Ryan Hatfield is looking at other ways to pay for it.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says there’s still time for something to happen this General Assembly session.

“We’re going to build a pedestrian bridge,” says State Rep. Hatfield. While the money to build one by Bosse High School isn’t there, but it may be in the future.

“It’s never over until it’s over,” says Lt. Gov. Crouch.

Mayor Winnecke says he spoke with INDOT officials earlier today about the need for a bridge.  He says they’re looking at technical data including vehicle and foot traffic, plus funding costs.

“It might not exactly as you or I might envision it today, but there are certain standards they have to adhere to, and so they are looking in to, along with how they might potentially fund it, what it might look like at that location,” he says.

State Rep. Hatfield says he’ll make another attempt to add an amendment to fund a pedestrian bridge. He adds he’s studying grants and other ways to pay for it if lawmakers reject it again.

“There are several funding opportunities around the country, both from federal and state governments, but also private organizations. So, I’ve been working on some of those grants,” says State Rep. Hatfield.

An online petition for the bridge has more than 2,000 signatures as of this afternoon. Meanwhile. Lt. Gov. Crouch says there’s still time for the project to be approved.

“It would have to be taken up by a senator or a representative. Could be added in to a bill still in the General Assembly. If the appropriate bill was available, amendments can be put on throughout the entire process,” she says.

State Rep. Hatfield also says he’s working to get state senate support, but any amendment must first be approved by the house.

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(This story was originally published on March 22, 2019)

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