Frankenmuth's $1 million welcome archway nears completion

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - (04/15/2018) A Bavarian-themed city in Michigan will soon welcome its visitors with a nearly $1 million archway.

The Saginaw News reports that a new steel and concrete archway crossing M-83 will welcome people to Frankenmuth, a city northwest of Detroit that serves as a popular tourist destination.

The towers are taller than 26 feet (8 meters). The archway itself measures 160 feet (49 meters) wide and in 8-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) red letters reads the word "Willkommen," the German word for "welcome."

Sheila Stamiris is the director of the Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority. She says the $918,000 project is entirely funded by the Palmer Foundation through the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, and "has roots that go way back."

The project is expected to be completed this weekend.

Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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