Plans to restore Boardman Bridge in New Milford are in the works.

A fund has been set up for tax-free donations toward the restoration of the circa 1888 bridge.

The New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation has made the first, a $1,000 donation.

"The trust wanted to be the first to step up," said trust president Rob Burkhart, who has helped led the push to restore the bridge.

"This is wonderful," he said. "The grant that the town received and now this fund being set up means town government is looking toward the restoration."

A $15,000 grant was received by the town for an engineering study of the bridge, which could determine what needs to be done to restore the aging edifice for foot and bicycle traffic.

The grant came from the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials, the region's municipal planning organization for transportation funding.

The Town Council approved acceptance Monday of the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation's $1,000 donation.

Boardman Bridge was one of the first Berlin bridges to be listed on the National Registry for Historic Places. The arched shape of its truss is from a design originated in Europe in the early 19th century.

It is one of about 1,000 bridges of this type built by the Berlin company before 1900, and just one of three that remains in the state.

Donations should be sent to the Finance Department, New Milford Town Hall, 10 Main St, New Milford, CT 06776.

Checks should be made out to Old Boardman Bridge Restoration Account.

-- Susan Tuz