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Sandy Beach Bridge Project prepares for groundbreaking (Audio included)

A groundbreaking will be conducted for the harbor walk portion of the Sandy Beach Bridge Project Sunday at 1 o'clock.

Project chairperson Jim Reed said the Indian Lake Area Historical Society wanted to get the project started this year. He also stated that the group felt that the fundraising was far enough along to begin the project.

The walkway will surround the harbor and connect to each end of the bridge. The path will also include inscribed pavers that community members can purchase and personalize. To purchase a paver visit the project’s website. The bricks will be purchased in batches and will be placed into the path.

The project's fundraising is around 80 percent of the $250,000 goal. More opportunities for project funding are coming up, including a reverse raffle on November 9th. The society anticipates that it will be able to purchase the bridge's decking by mid-November.

The decking for the bridge has seen a change since the original design. Galvanized sheet steel flooring with a non-skid surface was the original plan for the decking. The group was approached by a company in Dayton that specializes in a composite product. By working with the company, the society was able to get a low-maintenance and low-skid composite surface for around the cost of the steel sheeting.

If the weather cooperates the walkway could be done this year and the bridge decking could be available in the Spring. A dedication for the bridge could be as early as mid-Summer 2014.

In order to donate to the project visit www.sandybeachbridge.com and click on the donate tab. Credit card and PayPal options are available. All donations are tax deductible.

Reed discusses the project.

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