KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A large chunk of cash to build a replica of the historic covered White’s Bridge in Ionia County was donated by the Meijer Foundation.
The 146-year-old White’s Bridge, which crossed the Flat River on Whites Bridge Road between Belding and Lowell, was destroyed in a fire in July 2013. Last week, The Whites Bridge Historical Society announced it has raised nearly $500,000 to build a replica of the bridge in the same spot.
The Meijer Foundation contributed $200,000 to the construction effort, a source close to the project confirmed to 24 Hour News 8.
Additionally, Eco Demolition, Inc. of Holland made an in-kind donation of $24,000, which went to cleaning up the remains of the old bridge.
There were several other donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, and a local bridge program grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay for $275,000 of the project.
Whites Bridge, which was built in 1867, was the oldest covered bridge of its kind in use in Michigan before it burned down.
Construction of the replica is expected to start and finish next year.