Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project  
 

 

PRESS RELEASE              FEB.13, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A meeting of the Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project, Inc. will be held WEDNESDAY, FEB.16, at 7PM, in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Blaine, Ohio.  Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

The group continues to work on plans for celebrating the conclusion of the structural repairs to the 1828 Blaine Bridge, which are expected to be completed this summer.  Under the guidance of the Ohio Department of Transportation, and with the work of the Sheldon Gantt Company, the unique bridge has been stabilized.  Reports of the progress will be heard at the meeting.

Other business will involve discussions of plans to light and landscape the restored bridge, and the efforts needed to raise the funds to improve the site area.  The current monies are all being used only for bridge repairs, as specified in the grant awarded by ODOT.

Once the bridge is preserved, preliminary site work can begin if monies are available.  The group continues to work with local and state officials and the Ohio Governor's Office of Development to seek avenues of funding.  Public and private assistance will also be explored.

"Our stewardship of the site cannot end once the structure is secure", said Sue Douglass, chief officer.  "We successfully competed to retrieve the funds for specific projects like the bridge.  We will need extended community support to properly frame and display our great local treasure.  There are huge difficulties in our area now, and they take priority.  Our plans are in slow gear and they need to stay in gear as we look to better days ahead."

Photos and information about the project are available on the website, www.blainebridge.org.

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