Riverfront project awaits approval

Published 10:26 am Monday, May 9, 2016

Last step before construction

Before ground can be broken and construction can begin on the Ironton riverfront project, one last hurdle must be cleared.

“We’re awaiting approval from the Corps of Engineers and then we can get started,” Rich Blankenship, Ironton City Council member, business development and funding manager at E.L. Robinson Engineering and former Ironton mayor, said. “We’ve had conversations within the past two weeks and I feel more confident that it’s going to happen a lot sooner than later.”

Allard Excavation, LLC, of South Webster, is set to complete the project and has already dropped off some materials at the riverfront including seawall pilings and metal for along the riverbank.

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The original bid for the project came in at $716,918.97. However, it was redesigned and re-bid at $668,877.79 with the city responsible for the difference of $9,429.79, which will be taken from the general fund.

The marina will be 450-feet long and include 33 boat docks.