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* News Release *
Tuesday, September 16, 1997
For Immediate Release


The Butler County Engineer's Office and the Oxford Museum Association will host a joint press conference to discuss progress on the Black Covered Bridge restoration.

Date: Thursday, September 25, 1997

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Black Covered Bridge site at the end of Corso Road, Oxford Township

Directions: From High Street in the City of Oxford, take Main Street (S.R. 732) north approximately one mile. Turn left on Corso Road and follow to dead-end.

The following speakers will make brief comments and then be available for questions afterwards: Dean Foster, Butler County Engineer; Joyce Rouse, Oxford Museum Association President; Gerry Collins, Save Our Span Committee Chairperson; and a representative from the W.M. Brode Company, the construction contractor.

Built in 1870 and originally known as the Pugh's Mill Bridge, Black Bridge is now one of only two remaining covered bridges in Butler County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was closed to vehicular traffic in 1951 when State Route 732 was rerouted adjacent to the bridge. Though various restoration efforts were ongoing since 1973 with the help of the Oxford Museum Association, by the early 1990's major rehabilitation would be required to save the structure.

The Butler County Engineer's Office began design and engineering and applied for a grant to help pay for the project. In December 1996, a $226,800 grant was officially received from ODOT's Transportation Enhancement Activities program and construction plans were underway. The Oxford Museum Association has been raising matching funds to pay for the balance of the $608,000 project.

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