Wanakena Footbridge Raised From River

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Workers have raised the historic Wanakena footbridge from the Oswegatchie River where it fell after being severely damaged by a January ice jam.

As community members and summer residents watched, crews from Continental Construction of Gouverneur had to cut away wooden sections of the iconic footbridge before it could be lifted from the river.

The town of Fine is applying for grants to help pay for the footbridge's replacement while members of the Wanakena Historical Association are aggressively holding fundraiser to help foot the bill.

"We've gotten about $28,000 in donations and we're still trying to secure some grants," said Allen Ditch of the Wanakena Historical Association.

Officials say replacement of the footbridge won't happen this year and will require funding to be in place, engineering designs and permits before work can start.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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