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Phase II of intermodal on track

This summer Phase II of the intermodal facility being built at The Point industrial park could go out to bid.

All that is needed is the completion of the environmental studies by the Army Corps of Engineers, according to Dr. Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corp.

Dingus made his report at the quarterly meeting of the county’s Transportation Improvement District meeting Thursday.

After the studies are completed, “it is our recommendation to put it out to the design-build format,” Dingus said.

The project is a $5 to $6 million construction of a dock on the Ohio River to feature a boom crane to transport product from barges to truck and rail. If the LEDC gets additional federal funding, the plan is to build a bridge crane on a second dock.

The replacement bridge project at Lawrence Street will go out to bid on May 10 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to County Engineer Doug Cade.

The county had to put up $79,000 of the project through the TID that ODOT required the county to pay up front. The project is expected to cost approximately $750,000.

The project will widen and raise the bridge from its current structure and is expected to take 90 days for completion.

Also Cade reported that the long awaited multi-million dollar Ironton-Russell Bridge is now under construction.

“It is moving pretty well,” Cade said.