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II !i!i!i Rehoboth mulls temporary fix for Lake Gerar bridge span By Maggie Beetz Rehoboth Beach is looking to place a concrete slab over the Lake Gerar Bridge so it can re- open until plans for a new bridge come to fruition. The approximately 12-inch thick slab would lay over the ex- isting structure and extend about 25 feet onto the roadway on either side of the bridge. The slab would be used to spread out the weight and take pressure off the bridge. "It would not rely on the base structure for its ultimate strength," said Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper at the March 7 commis- sioners meeting. "We want to bypass the bidding process and talk with the contractors di- rectly to speed the process up," Cooper said. The slab could be in place in six to eight weeks COOPER and will cost between $60,000 and $75,000. The 3-ton weight limit recently put in place to deter further dam- age to the deteriorating bridge would likely remain in effect. "One truck is not going to destroy it, but many could," Cooper said. He estimated the slab would be ef- fective for about five years, but said the city hopes to have a new bridge within the next year. Commissioner Patrick Gossett suggested installing extra lighting for nighttime drivers who will be unfamiliar with the bridge, a sug- gestion Cooper said was possible. Rehoboth Beach resident Philip Gambino asked if spending $60,000 on a temporary fix was necessary and if it would make more sense to get started on the new bridge. "This is a good investment," said Commissioner Richard Sar- gent. "That's a pretty heavily trav- eled artery in town." Because design plans for a re- placement bridge are preliminary and because proper funding is not in place, Cooper and the commis- sioners agreed the temporary slab is necessary. The summer months will also bring many out-of-town- ers Who will not know alternative route, Cooper said. "This is the most cost effective approach," said Cooper, who added that having a temporary fix would ease pressure to rush into a less than perfect solution. Because the city will approach the state for funding assistance for the new bridge, Cooper said he won't "nickel and dime them" and ask for state funding for the tem- porary slab. Once in place, the slab and the bridge would contin- ue to be regulafl.vjnspecled. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 15 Village Crafts by00chael00" SUNDAY, MARCH 27 Pre-Easter SALE Easter Collection Bagged Plastic Eggs Reg. 1.99 fixh ....... 2 for s3 Easter Grass bg.39 rh ........ 3 for Sl Reg. 1.49 ........... ,.......?! e, shin. Easter Collection Decor, Decorative Egos, Picks & Miniatures Spring Label "Silk" Floral Bushes YOUR CHOICE Spring Label "Silk" Floral Stems Reg. 1.99, 2.99 & 3.99 Halcra 12"x18" flexi-Foam" Sheets 8"x11" Scrapbook Paper Reg. 29 Each Caron e Yam Reg. 2.17 8"x10" Solid Color Craft Bags Reg. 69 to 99 Each emiect eas slmn. :i i i ::::: Coromcont 2-oz./60ml Acrylic Paint -- SAte Reedy-lo-Finish Wood Shelves 36" eeg. 12.99 46" Reg. 14.99 Easter Cookie, Cake & Candy-Making Supplies DECORATIVE  PAINTING Intrudug a new One Stroke Rosebud Technique Class. oosupp DF3AOS Learn a craft in a n,.inute during our daily Croft Time hne demos as we celebrate National Craft Month. This weak we have fun ideas for kids and families to do together. Celluday eggs, roam door d6cor, Fun 4 One and more! Chk smros fm dmls. Build a Buddy with the who/e Family, Saturday, March 19. & go between loam & 3pm. Fun and easy for all. Percent Off Discounts Are Off Original Ticketed Prke. i| 6