71-Year Old Veteran Pushing to Get Covered Bridge Built in Portville.

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT


PORTVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) Chuck Lucas is moving forward with his dream to see a wooden covered bridge built in his beloved Village of Portville.

"It is something I want to leave Portville before I go and they'll remember that," added Lucas.

A respected member of the community, Lucas' idea is getting a lot of support but it will be expensive to construct - costing around $150,000 to $175,000.

Lucas has already reached out to a contractor and is working up designs with plans calling for the 125-foot wooden covering to be built over the top of an existing bridge that connects Temple Street and State Route 305.

"It'll be a great bridge," adds Lucas.

Lucas says he expects the bridge to be popular all year long - especially with bridal parties and heritage tourists.

The determined 71-year old veteran has also reached out to lawmakers as he explores the possibility of securing grants to pay for the work.

He is also starting a grass-roots effort to raise funds from the community, working with Portville artist Helen Worth to sell watercolor prints and note cards online.

More information is available at the following website:

http://www.portvillesfuturecoveredbridge.com/