Albion community members will meet this evening about Main Street bridge closure

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Main Street bridge in Albion is scheduled to close Oct. 17 and then face 18 months of construction and rehabilitation before it reopens in 2024.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 September 2022 at 7:42 am

ALBION – A group of Albion community members will meet today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to discuss ways to soften the impact of the Main Street bridge closure.

That bridge, built in 1914, is scheduled to close on Oct. 17 and not reopen for about 18 months.

A community group is looking for ways to help the downtown business district during the closure, and also help motorists with well-defined detours, including in the village.

“Bring your ideas, excitement and volunteerism,” Karen Sawicz, owner of Lake Country Media, said in an email on Friday to people who attended the first meeting on Sept. 12. “We all need to work together on this project!! Invite your neighbors, other Albion businesses.”

At the first meeting some ideas proposed included block parties, concerts, a Christmas tree festival, cornhole tournaments, designated spots for food trucks, ax throwing competitions and many other events.

“This can devastate a community or we can use it as a building tool,” Michael Bonafede, a downtown building owner, said at the Sept. 12 meeting.