MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. (AP) — Northwestern Pennsylvania tourism officials say funding for a visitor's center at the Kinzua Viaduct is included in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.
Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, tells the Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/LLlIVO) she expects the two-year project will break ground in June.
The structure near Mount Jewett was once the tallest and largest railroad bridge in the world, until a tornado ripped 11 of its 20 support towers from their bases on July 21, 2003.
A glass-bottomed deck and walkway have already been built atop six of the remaining support towers. But the rest of the project, including the visitor's center, has been delayed by weather and funding problems.
The 301-foot tall viaduct was built in 1882, rebuilt to handle bigger trains in 1900 and was used by freight traffic until 1959.
Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com