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WASTE WATCH: Bridge to Nowhere
MARYSVILLE (Brooks Jarosz) -- Taxpayers will be paying big bucks to construct a big footbridge.
The City of Marysville has spent years planning for a crossing over U.S. Route 33. Records show its estimated to cost $1.6 million. Taxpayers will have to fund $300,000 of that bill.
Now, there are questions about where the bridge is being built.
"It's kind of the bridge to nowhere, one neighbor said. I mean it's just connecting to the woods."
City administrator Terry Emery says its an effort to link the largest sub division, Mill Valley, with the South side of Route 33 into the city.
Since 2011, Marysville has been planning and requesting grant money to build the bridge.
"We need this because our community is growing and is going to continue to grow," City Administrator Terry Emery said.
However, the only thing growing on one side of the highway are trees and the nearby high school.
"It's just a waste in general, you don't need it, neighbor David said. There's no reason to have this bridge."
David says it doesnt make sense. He called our ABC 6 Waste Watch tip line and then showed us the trail. It revealed a pathway underneath 33, just a quarter mile away from where the construction is supposed to start.
"We just don't need it we already got a path here, why put a bridge? David asked. To go overwe already have one going underneath the road."
The city says its part of the plan to have an Eastern, Western and central link from Mill Valley into the city.
Through Emerys eyes this is an investment as a way to improve accessibility uptown to the fairgrounds, park and city.
ABC 6 investigator Brooks Jarosz questions the city in a special Waste Watch investigation airing Wednesday at 11 p.m.
The project calls for a covering to mimic other bridges in Union County, 12 feet wide along with lights inside.
A Ohio Department of Transportation grant will cover the biggest church of change at $1.3 million. The other $300,000 falls on taxpayers.
We consider this a link and a bridge to the city of Marysville and all the things the City of Marysville offers," Emery said.
The city says its in talks with the housing developer and right now the footbridge will only connect to the existing path. However, if property can be purchased, another path could be added to go to the main road in Mill Valley.
The city is now planning a public meeting on the project so neighbors can weigh in. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2014.