Michigan Street viaduct in Plymouth

Traffic travels under the Michigan Road railroad viaduct in downtown Plymouth on Friday.

PLYMOUTH – Organizers behind the effort to beautify the Michigan Street railroad viaduct are still seeking monetary donations and volunteers to help with the project.

Warsaw-based architect and Plymouth resident Brent Martin, one of the organizers behind the push to refurbish what’s generally considered to be a Plymouth eyesore, said earlier this week that they have enough volunteers for the first weekend of the effort, which is the last weekend in June.

Along with the last weekend June, work will be done during the first weekend in July. Martin said they’re still seeking volunteers for that second weekend.

In total, about 25-30 volunteers have signed up for the effort.

Organizers hope to clean and paint the faces of the girders and the abutment in the middle of the street.

“Basically, give the bridge a new ‘face’ to the community,” Martin previously said via email. “We would also like to do a little clean-up of the sidewalks and curbs while we’re at it.”

Martin said cash donations are also still needed. He said about $1,000 has been pledged, which is about half of the needed money for the project.

“Not bad for the first week!” Martin said.

The Marshall County Community Foundation has agreed to be the recipient of the donations.

Martin previously said Sherwin Williams has agreed to give organizers a 66 percent discount on paint supplies. About a little more than $500 will be spent on paint, and other funds will go for wire wheels, hand and eye protection, garb, clean-up products and other supplies.

Martin’s architecture firm, SRKM, is donating $275 to cover the cost of the application fee with the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad.

About 15 volunteers will be needed each day of work, according to Martin. Each day will be split into morning and afternoon shifts, he previously said.

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How to help

Make donations for the Michigan Street railroad viaduct beautification project by sending a check to the Marshall County Community Foundation, 2680 Miller Drive, Suite 120, Plymouth, IN 46563. In the memo line, write “Railroad Viaduct Project.” Brent Martin also said he is willing to pick up donations.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Martin at 574-269-1596 or brent@srkmarch.com. Volunteers should include a phone number and state which day or days they are able to work.

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Staff Writer smcgrath@thepilotnews.com 574-936-3101 ext. 109

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