State budget amendment that would build pedestrian bridge near Bosse shot down

State budget amendment that would build pedestrian bridge near Bosse shot down
Highway 41 and Washington Ave.

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Indiana House has voted “no” to include money in the budget for a new pedestrian bridge in Evansville.

Rep. Ryan Hatfield made the motion to amend House Bill 1001 to say the State Highway Fund would use an appropriation of $1 million to construct a pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 41 in the city of Evansville at Washington Ave.

The amendment failed late Thursday afternoon.

In 2017, we reported there was a petition to get the bridge to make walking to school safer for students at Bosse.

“Children in Evansville have to cross Highway 41 to get to school every day,” Hatfield said. “Students should not have to risk their safety in order to attend school. We have a pedestrian bridge for nearly every other high school in town and it is time we protect Bosse students too.

“If we can’t ensure a child feels safe on their daily walk to school, we are not doing enough to protect our students,” Hatfield added.

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