A lot of communities add design features to create gateway impacts — something more than just a chain-link fence, Cunningham said. The cost of the visual improvements will be “about $150,000,” he added. The complete bridge rehab will cost about $1.6 million, with related work on sidewalks that bring the total cost to about $1.9 million, he said.
City Public Works Director Rich Engle said the bridge work is being done by Eagle Bridge Co., and because of the location, “We’re putting in a decorative vandal-proof fence that has the city’s Billy Yank logo on it, and the year under it.”
The work should be done in the next several weeks, Engle said.
Billy Yank is the 3,500-pound, 14-foot-tall bronze statue of a Civil War soldier that stands atop the county’s Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument south of High Street along the eastern shore of the Great Miami River.