Federal Grant to Restore Covered Bridge
MONROE COUNTY - The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $2,583 Wednesday to help restore the Union Covered Bridge in Monroe County.
This money will be used with the $144,788 grant from the Federal Highway Administration, awarded in June, to realign roof rafters, replace wooden shingles, remove graffiti and repair fire detection equipment damaged by a flood in 2008. Officials say they will hire a structural engineer familliar with this type of bridge.
The 140-year-old bridge was severely damaged after a flood in July 2008 when structural elements came loose.
Union Covered Bridge is one of four remaining covered bridges with a Burr Arch design.
Officials said they anticipate work beginning in 2012.