Delayed bridge becomes fundraiser

Andrew Wagstaff
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Home and school taking bets on finish date in Northport

Northport Consolidated Elementary School Principal Steve Wells shows off some of the new lottery pool tickets the local home and school association is selling, giving people the chance to guess at when the long-delayed bridge replacement project will be completed. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen

NORTHPORT - When do you think the new bridge in Northport will be opened to traffic?

If you have a guess, you can know put your money where your mouth is by taking part in the latest fundraiser for the Northport Home and School Association. A lottery pool has ben created in which participants can guess their date after buying a ticket, with proceeds being split 50/50 between the winner and the home and school association.

"I laugh because I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me when I thought the bridge was going to be fixed," said Wells. "So it just seemed like a clever idea, and it came real quick to us."

The bridge project was originally scheduled to be completed last November, but was pushed back until January of this year, and then pushed back another six weeks due to delays in getting environmental permits. The last target date was set for June.

Tickets will be available from home and school members and local stores.

(For the full story, see the April 16 issue of The Citizen)

Organizations: Northport Home and School Association, The Citizen

Geographic location: Northport

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