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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Boonton Awarded Two Historic Preservation Grants

Arch Bridge

The Town of Boonton is pleased to announce it has received two grants from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, Chair of the Grant Committee says, "We appreciate the continued support of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Restoring the Arch Bridge is the keystone in the Town’s plan to preserve the historic assets within the Boonton Ironworks Historic District."

The first grant, in the amount of $320,000, will be used to restore the historic Arch Bridge in Grace Lord Park. Built in 1866, the bridge is an iconic symbol of the Town. Originally a part of the fire protection system for the Boonton Ironworks, it now serves as a pedestrian bridge and scenic overlook over the Rockaway River. The funding will be used to stabilize and repair the masonry structure including stone cleaning, raking and repointing of mortar, and replacement of concrete bridge deck.

The second grant, in the amount of $36,800, will be used to fund a member by member engineering assessment of the historic train trestle spanning the river at the site of the old ironworks.

The grants were approved unanimously by the Board of Freeholders at their August 12 meeting. Dr. Renfro-Michel would like to thank the Freeholders, Mayor Richard Corcoran, the members of the Grant Committee and the Board of Aldermen as well as Town Administrator Neil Henry for their contributions and support in this process.