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County's Bostick Road Bridge Project Garners ARCHIE Award PDF Print E-mail

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The Allen County Highway Department received the 2012 ARCH Good Stewardship Award for its rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Bostick Road bridge.

The Allen County Highway Department's effort to restore and preserve the historic Bostick Road bridge has been recognized by ARCH -- the Architecture and Community Heritage organization of Allen County and northeast Indiana.

ARCH presented the Highway Department with its 2012 Good Stewardship Award for the ongoing preservation of an Allen County landmark at its annual ARCHIE Awards Ceremony last night.

The rehabilitation of the single-span bridge included new steel members, bridge decking and bridge painting in order to provide for the preservation of this historical structure.  Following the restoration, the bridge is now being utilized as a pedestrian way across the St Mary’s River.

Beaty Construction, Inc. of Boggstown, Indiana was awarded the contract for the project by the Indiana Department of Transportation after submitting a bid of $1.13 million.  Funding for the project came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Work on the project begain in June 2010 with the lifting of the 45-ton steel bridge off the abutments.  When the project was completed five months later, the bridge had to be gently dropped back into place at its original location along Bostick Road.

ARCH is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the protection and preservation of historically and culturally significant assets and historic places in Allen County and northeast Indiana.