The city of Spring Hill is taking a step toward building a second entrance to the busy Crossings Circle retail center, off of Main Street in downtown.

On Monday night a resolution was on the Board of Mayor and Alderman’s Work Session agenda relating to what will be a bridge across McCormick Creek called the Crossing Circle North Bridge.

Currently, the city has $2 million set aside for this project in its 2018 budget, while the estimated cost is $1.65 million.

A resolution that sources the bridge project to Dempsey Dilling for $210,000 for engineering services to design the bridge is one of the resolutions.

Dempsey, if the city approves their bid at its regular voting meeting on October 16, will begin the process to “provide professional engineering services for the design and construction of the project.”

The bridge design is the first step to the entrance to the shopping and retail center. Later on in the process, bids will go out for the design and construction of the actual extension from Main Street to where the bridge will lead to, north of where Crossings Circle now extends.

Extensive study is needed before building a bridge, the most complicated part of the entrance project.

Dempsey is responsible for analyzing site surveys, hydraulic studies, soil borings; sewage and environmental issues; deciding on the length of the bridge; determining if any right-of-way property acquisition is necessary, and then creating a report for the city to enact as a plan.