A new $9.5 million bridge is planned over the Little Miami River in Warren County. It would replace an existing span near the multi-use trail along the river nears Kings Mills, Mason and the $25.4 million Peters Cartridge Factory redevelopment.
The new Kings Avenue bridge would be built in 2022 or 2023. This public investment would take total investment in the area around the former factory over $40 million.
Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison left Tuesday’s County Board of Commissioners meeting with support for his plan to pay for the bridge with $5 million in federal funds through the state county engineers association and other public monies yet to be identified. The factory developer, Bloomfield/Schon and Associates, is not expected to help pay for the new bridge.
The new bridge would ease the sharpness of a curve on the west side of the river leading to Grandin Road and Mason. It would cross the river north of the existing bridge and go over the trail, leaving an existing trailside parking lot and moving the bridge away from the redevelopment, where 130 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space are to be constructed.
The plan takes the most expensive of three options presented to residents earlier this year as alternatives. Load limits have already been reduced on the current bridge due to deterioration detected in inspections.