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Whites Bridge replica under construction six years after arson

Whites Bridge, the local landmark that was burned by an arsonist six years ago, is finally under reconstruction.

According to a Sept. 11 post on the “Rebuild Whites Bridge” Facebook page, “The [two] trusses 118 feet long will be constructed laying on their side on the road. The road commission has a statutory 66-foot wide right-of-way about the center of the road and the building of the trusses will take up all of it. There is about 15 feet from the right-of-way line to the railing for the access ramp. The roadway is closed before the turnaround but the access will be along the west edge of the road. It will be a bit congested during the workday but there will be sufficient parking along the road nights and weekends.”

Whites Bridge was built across the Flat River in 1869. It stood for 144 years until an arsonist burned it down on July 7, 2013. The perpetrator of this crime has never been caught. If you have any information about the fire, call the Lowell Police Department.

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