- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials are considering a $275,000 grant to help rebuild a Keene Township bridge destroyed in an arson fire last year.

The Whites Covered Bridge project received approval for the grant from a state Transportation Department council this week. A MDOT program administrator says the state oversight board is expected to give final approval later this month.

The money could cover more than half of the estimated rebuilding costs for the bridge that was over 140 years old and spanned the Flat River. Ionia County submitted the application this spring after the July 2013 fire. Authorities say someone doused the bridge in gasoline.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society hopes to raise the remaining funds needed for rebuilding. The grant money would be available in 2017.

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