More than four years after a fire that destroyed the historic White's Bridge in Ionia County, a local group hoping to rebuild is on the path to success.

The White's Bridge Historical Society received a Michigan Enhancement Grant worth $350,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The funds are set to go toward reconstructing the 146-year-old bridge.

While this is a huge step for the White's Bridge Historical Society, the group still needs to secure between $75,000 and $100,000 from MDOT for the completion of the project. A decision on that money is expected in about a month. If it's approved, the rebuilding effort will likely begin sometime in 2018.

In July 2013, authorities say someone intentionally set the wooden bridge on fire. It was a complete loss, and no one was ever arrested or charged.

The White's Bridge Historical Society has been wanting to replace the wooden bridge for three years, ever since it was burned down on July 7, 2013.

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