It’s become a symbol of a community and now that community wants to makes sure the Great Stone Viaduct in Bellaire is receiving a facelift. The project directed by the Viaduct Historical Education Society plans to build a park with the railroad landmark as a focal point.
Thirty-seven stones line each arch of the Viaduct to represent how the 37 States in the nation come back together after the Civil War.
The Viaduct Society hopes the park will help the people of Bellaire and Belmont County come together once it’s finished.
“It is a transportation landmark to the community but also to Belmont County. We hope to preserve it,” said Daniel L. Frizzi Jr., chairperson for the Great Stone Viaduct Society. “We’re acquiring property from CSX that will allow us to go forward with actual preservation and development of the property.”
The project had already raised more than $50,000 before Wednesday night’s meeting and have grants in place that will match funds. The viaduct turns 150 years old in 2021 and the society hopes to have a thriving park by then.