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Vass neighborhood gets state grant for bridge

Posted December 3, 2009 3:48 p.m. EST

— A state grant will fund the construction of a permanent bridge, more than a year after Tropical Storm Hanna tore away a 10-foot section of the only road to a Moore County subdivision.

On Sept. 6, 2008, a creek swelled with flood waters from a nearby lake washed away part of Autumn Drive, the access road to the Riverbend community, near Vass.

A portable bridge was set up, but county authorities told Riverbend's 80 residents they couldn't get public funds to repair the private road, which is maintained by a homeowners association. The cost of a permanent bridge was estimated at $25,000.

Residents applied for a state grant in June and have been approved, said Moore County Planning Director Joey Raczkowski. They are meeting environmental regulations and hope that the the bridge can be completed by August next year.