2017-10-11 / Local News

City searching to fill funding shortfall on T-bridge renovation

Ledger Staff Writer

An estimated $1.2 million shortfall could derail the city’s long-awaited T-bridge renovation project.

Consulting engineer Jay Smith told Gaffney City Council last Monday that cost estimates for the project are now $1.7 million when the state Department of Transportation (DOT) fees are included, leaving a $1.2 million shortfall.

The city’s lone revenue source is a $500,000 federal grant.

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said he’s looking into the availability of other funding sources, such as railroad and public safety grants.

A candid Taylor said the project can’t begin until other funding sources are found.

A state Department of Transportation official told council that although the project could be bid early next year, a more feasible timeline is next summer.

Taylor said that projection gives him time to locate other funding sources.

The project includes refurbishing the railing, building handicapped-accessible sidewalks, installing new lighting and a black chain-link fence.

The bridge was built in 1919 and, according to some city historians, is one of only two bridges of its kind in the world.

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