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Clovis Secures $2M for Pedestrian Bridge. Where Will Other Funds Come From?

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State Sen. Andreas Borgeas has secured $2 million in the state budget for the planned Clovis Pedestrian Bridge crossing Highway 168. (City of Clovis)
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A planned pedestrian bridge over Highway 168 in Clovis got a boost this week when state Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) announced that he had secured $2 million in the state budget for the project.

However, that funding is just a down payment on the bridge, which has seen projected costs double since Clovis planners started working on it in 2015.

Depending on the design chosen by the Clovis City Council, the bridge would cost between $13 million and $22 million, a city staff report estimated earlier this year.

More than $1 million in federal grant funding already has been allocated for preliminary design and environmental work.

“It is an honor to have been able to negotiate funding for this worthwhile project in our own backyard,” said Borgeas in a news release. “Making good use of taxpayer dollars in the form of a climate-friendly project like this will provide a healthy alternative pathway for the community and have an impact on our area for years to come.”

Said Clovis councilmember Bob Whalen: “This bridge will help connect medical workers, families, and the greater Clovis community to the Clovis Community Medical Center and the California Health Sciences University Medical School.”

Pedestrian bridge location and overview. (City of Clovis)

The Funding Challenge

Potential sources to pay for the bridge include city funds, Fresno County Measure C funding, and federal grants.

During a city council meeting in January, Clovis Planning and Development Services Director Renee Mathis said that finding the funding would be a challenge.

“It will take some comingling of funds to get that kind of money together to finish the project,” Mathis said.

Conceivably, because the bridge will connect residents to Clovis and regional walking/biking trails, it could be eligible for state and federal air pollution reduction grants.

Four Design Options

The estimated costs for the four bridge options don’t include staff time, additional design costs, and construction management time. Altogether, those costs add 15% to 25% to the estimates listed in this image. (City of Clovis)

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email