Winlock has selected an engineer to begin designing the new bridge for Fir St., with estimates indicating the project could be completed by December of next year.
According to Mayor Lonnie Dowell, engineering firm OTAK, based in Vancouver, has been selected to begin planning the project, which seeks to replace the current bridge on Fir St. after it was closed March 13, 2014, due to structural concerns.
According to a timeline submitted by OTAK, they plan to have the project ready to be sent out for bids by May of next year, with the project potentially completed by that December.
Winlock will be using a $3.5 million federal grant to fund the entire project, including engineering, and is seeking a $700,000 state grant to satisfy an obligation for matching funds. According to City Clerk Theda Curry, the budgeted cost to engineer the project is $668,500, though an exact figure will be available after OTAK submits their contract for approval in the coming days.