Boone County and Zionsville officials gathered Sept. 17 to celebrate the reopening of the Sycamore Street Bridge, which county and town officials said was the culmination of 10-plus-year rehabilitation process.
Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said the bridge was built in 1954. Inspections were conducted in 2007 and 2010.
“If that gives you an idea of how long it takes to put a bridge project like this together, we’re back 10 years,” Wolfe said during the ceremony. “We made an application in (2015) for the funding, and we were notified in (2016) that it was awarded, and moving forward from then was how we got to today where we have a beautiful, finished bridge.”
Boone County Councilor Elise Nieshalla said the engineering was funded entirely by the county, and county funds were leveraged to satisfy 80 percent of the construction and inspection costs.
Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron said the reopened bridge will provide another access point into the town for visitors and customers.
The project began Feb. 10. It included reconstruction of the road bridge deck and bridge railing systems. It also added new decorative lighting on the bridge.
The bridge is on Sycamore Street near Lions Park in Zionsville and spans Eagle Creek.