Santa Cruz Sentinel: Grant funds to pay for new roof on Felton's historic covered bridge

August 20, 2011
In The News

The Santa Cruz Sentinel recently wrote an article about grant money coming to Santa Cruz County to recover and repair the Felton Covered Bridge.  Eshoo wrote to the Federal Highway Administration on June 30, 2011, urging their approval of the grant.  An excerpt of the article is below:

A four-month project to replace the entire roof of Felton's historic covered bridge will begin in the spring, thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

On Friday, Caltrans learned it received an approximately $248,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration's National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation program, according to county parks planner Bob Olson. He expressed surprise at the announcement, saying that the county only submitted the grant application at the end of June.

The bridge was damaged during heavy winter storms in the early 1980s, and received a historic preservation award after it was reconstructed, according to the county's grant application.

In a news release issued Friday to announce the award, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, wrote that the restoration project "will put people to work and restore a national historic landmark" and vowed to work with the community through the end of the project.

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