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CAPE GAZE'rYE, Friday, May 30. June 5, 2008 - 15 " I d" n m Inlet bridge replacement takes shape By Andrew K&an 1,000 feet does not exist anywhere The First State may be headed else." .; for another first. A tulip-shaped The structure would be cable arch bridge has  selected by a supported, which is a variation of group of community leaders to re- a cable-stay bridge. A cable- place  current Indian Rive r In- . stayed bridge is directly supported let bridge ..... bycables ptmsLng over r attached If the community concurs, the: to towers located.atthe main structure would be the fast cable: piers, whereas the pro :!d arch 00dge of kind Sign 00dial in the world, according to engi- ,:of.ti ft suppom/:i/:?,; ::, needs at HGG, tbe company h; :i;i , structure is a li diff,- tiling the project for the Delaw ' -thtut mifizestbeisame tchIo 7 Department of Transportation gy," said Pate, who was not sur- (DelDOT). ,iThe proposed design was pre- sented to the community at a workshop, May 28 in the Re- hpboth Beach Convention Center. '`The basic principles of an arch bridge are well-documented," said Denny Pate, principle bridge engi- neer for FIGG. : i"As far as we know, this specif- i tulip arch design of more than Center Continued from page 14 that maintaining boat slips along the waterfront park will be a regu- lar maintenance item of the park. Joering also recommended the demolition of the dock-mounted boat rental house although he did not inspect it. "The walkway is precarious and I assume the boat- house is too," he said. Committee member Sam Gossage suggested the boathouse be saved because it has a lot of charm. Fellow com- mittee member John Mateyko agreed. "For a couple grand we could take care of it and we prised the arch design was select ed.  "It has a certain organic form that complements the site," he said. The design eliminates th need for pilings in the inlet which are susceptible to erosion. AI- though the current bridge is safe the state has spent millions i shoring up eroded areas witl stone. -. , zens would get the impression there is no money for the projecL "There is a substantial amount of money raised by GLF," he said. "It's just not transferable." Michael Clemmer, GLF spokesperson, indicated approxi- mately $400,000 remains for the project with more than half of the funds earmarked for actual con- traction. The organization, which has committed to raising $4 mil- lion for the first phase, has raised around $3.1 million, with a major- ity going for the purchase price of the property. Andropogon origi. nally estimated phase One, which includes the old Lewes boatyard and a portion of the current state- should do all we can to salvage leased boat ramp parking lot, at it," he said. / $2.9 million but the price is rising. In relation to Cost, Ne, J son  "While we will notact as the sole Wiles;the city's grafit coordinmor, :! fund-raiser for the project," said said about $2,400 remm'ns from/'Clemmer, we have offered to grants for the project. !"Grants :, cannot be our only source of fund- ing," said Wiles. "We give the cur- rent invoices to the Greater Lewes Foundation (GLF) and they gra- ciously pay them." Mateyko was concerned citi- assist the city in structuring an organization to handle the fundraising." Two additional design-element meetings have been scheduled for June 24 and July 29. Both meetings are 7 p.m., at Lewes City Hall. ITALIAN RISTO TE, PIZZA & BAR 227-3242 The location of the replacement bridge will be to the west of the existing bridge and: will consist 0f two l2 foot wide travel lanes in each direction. : : " i A combination bike pat h and sidewalk, also 12 feet wide, will besituated on the ocean side of the structure: Pathway necklace lighting will light the inside of the thway, which will use concrete b simulate the appearance of a blue or silvergrey. : The current bridge has a vertical naVigational clearance of 35 feet and a horizontal navigational clarance of 100 feet. The replacement is slightly larger with a 45 foot minimum vertical navigational clearance and approximately 200 foot hori- zontal clearance. "This entire project is unique because the public is deciding the ,sandy beach path. ,.   : ._ aesthetis of the bridge,'" said : The bridge railing will be par- Denni'O'Shea, assistanf director tidily open. Subtle blue lighting Will illuminate the interior surface of the arch and cables. The color of the cables has not yet been se- lected but will be either glassy of design at DelDOT. Exits to Delaware Seashore Park have not been decided. Op- tions include maintaining the cur- rent U-shape exit ramps, installing a partial signal, which would only stop traffic on one side, or relying on a full signal. Input from the community workshop will deter- mine which option is chosen. Rumors of a toll bridge are just that, said O'Shea. "The Governor has said there will be no toll," he said. "Nathan Hayward [Secretary of Transportation] was simplyasked at a meeting if something was possible and it escalated." The next public information workshop is scheduled for some- time in July. 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