to restore bridge
LYNDONVILLE — The group work to keep a 140-year-old, privately owned Vermont covered bridge from falling into the Passumpsic River in Lyndonville needs to raise $1.2 million to preserve the bridge, officials said.
So far it has cost about $17,000 to keep the bridge from collapsing, but the timber supports in the river that are now holding it need to be removed by Dec. 1, said an official with the Westminster-based National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.
Further structural repairs will cost another $85,000, said society director Tim Andrews.
The total project is expected to cost $1.2 million. The society’s board of directors voted to create a fundraising committee to start raising money.
“It may take several years to raise that kind of money, but the National Society is committed to doing what needs to be done,” Andrews told the Caledonian Record. “One would think it impossible to expect to raise that kind of money, but it has been done several times in the past ... When people get behind a worthy cause, the amount of monies donated is amazing, even at $5 to $10 each.”
The privately owned bridge was in imminent danger of collapse when emergency restoration work began this summer.
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