There has been some movement to report on the project to revitalize State Street on Columbus’ east side.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop says that the necessary permit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has been received by the city. He says that, since Hawcreek is involved in the project, via improvements to a bridge spanning the waterway , the DNR became involved.

With the permit in hand, Mayor Lienhoop explains the next step…

Lienhoop says that he is hopeful that those bid documents will be finished soon. He adds that the quick approval from the State was unexpected…

The Mayor went on to say that once United Consulting has the bid documents ready, the process for formally bidding Phase I of the project can begin. Phase I is largely confined to bridge improvements that will help connect pedestrian traffic between downtown and the city’s east side.