Indiana County Pays $1 Million For Bridge That Can’t Be Used

The purpose of roads, bridges and other venues of transportation is to move product, people and services in an orderly fashion. This has been a basic premise of civilization for thousands of years. This idea has to come to a halt in one Indiana county and it comes with an expensive price tag to local taxpayers. One bridge collapsed in December 2017 after farm equipment damaged it. It had previously entertained traffic.

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The Holliday-O’Neal road bridge in Boone County stands out against the cold December sky. The new paint is brighter than the original, and the wooden decking is safe to walk across.

But the new bridge is off limits to traffic.

“All the numbers are not all in, but it is north of a million dollars and pretty much follows with the other bridges of significance we have in the county and that we have rebuilt, so yeah, it is north of a million dollars,” said Boone County Commissioner Tom Santelli.

The Holliday-O’Neal bridge is out in the middle of nowhere, but not for long. A gated community with 600 homes and a golf course is being built just to the east of the bridge.

Boone County commissioners allowed the developer to vacate Holliday Road soon after the bridge collapsed. It’s the only road connected to the bridge and introduces the question of who the bridge was rebuild for: The public or the gated development?

“Well that is a great question, and there has been discussion all around that, you know, does it become a historically significant bridge for pedestrians or does it remain open to vehicular traffic or a combination of both?” said Santelli.


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