September 6, 2005 - According to Inside edge Business E-Newsletter InsideIndianaBusiness.com Report, Parke County Commissioner Jim Meece says a fair amount of money has already been raised for the effort of replacing the destroyed covered bridge.
The business community in the Parke County area has come out in force to help reconstruct the Bridgeton covered bridge that was burned down in an arson fire earlier this year.
Parke County Commissioner Jim Meece says the county has collected more than $100,000 of the estimated $300,000 needed for the project.
Meece says local businesspeople have also committed to giving their time, labor and supplies once a Terre Haute architectural firm completes blueprints for the new bridge. That bridge will look the same as the old structure. However, it will include several fire-prevention components, including a sprinkler system and fire retardant timber treatments.
Meece says the county's Covered Bridge Festival is expected to bring in as much as another $100,000 when it begins later this month.
Source: Inside Indiana Business and Network Indiana/WIBC
[Thanks to James Crouse for forwarding this article - Ed.]