Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Repair Money Coming to Fort Massac
MASSAC CO. -- Fort Massac State Park finally has some money coming in to repair its centerpiece. The replica 1802 Fort Massac, overlooking the Ohio River in Metropolis, has been off limits for more than two years to the disappointment of many visitors.
"Everyday we have multiple people. We get phone calls, people wanting to get within the fort," explained Site Superintendent Chris McGinness.
McGinness says the fort was fenced off when the replica fence collapsed and the buildings started to show signs that they were next.
"We felt that it was a beneficial for us that we shut it down, so that no one was hurt," McGinness explained.
Money for repairs is coming in from the state's new higher fee on license plates, designated for the Department of Natural Resources. McGinness says without that money, fixing the fort wouldn't be possible.
"It may cost more than that but right now, there's $750,000 sitting, waiting," said McGinness.
A group assessing the damage is expected to finish its report in December. Once park officials get that information, repairs can start.
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