Marathon Meeting Brings Recommendation Package From Fort Pierre On Bridge Enhancements

It took up over 36 minutes of a two-hour meeting to decide, but Fort Pierre will recommend that a new Missouri River Bridge crossing have enhanced lighting above and below the bridge deck and two large areas for resting along the bridge’s walking path. The Fort Pierre City Council got input on possible funding sources for additional amenities to the bridge to give it some personality. Councilmen Todd Bernhard reviewed the findings and says the retirement of debt service could play to Fort Pierre’s advantage…

Bernhard also suggested Fort Pierre sell off some parcels of land. Mayor Gloria Hanson defended the city’s street maintenance after Councilman Bob Ricketts expressed concern over Street Department funds going for bridge enhancements…

Despite mounds of evidence that city street department funds would not be used, Ricketts maintained his opposition…

Councilman David LaRoche says residents in is Ward expressed what they’d like to see on the bridge…

The pylons, which mark the beginning of the bridge, are priced at nearly 750-thousand dollars and Councilman Kevin Gabriel says there must be a better way…

Councilman Mike Weisgram says in previous projects Fort Pierre has worked out a compromise on funding with Pierre…

The Pierre City Commission will hold their public hearing for input on the Bridge next week. Both cities will then negotiate a final enhancement package to bring to the State Department of Transportation. The deadline for that is March 1st.