PHOENIXVILLE -- The second phase of the Phoenixville Kiwanis Children's Plaza archway took place Thursday evening, as the top of the archway was set upon two 12-foot Phoenix Steel columns.

According to George Mansur, Archway Project Coordinator, the anticipation in revealing the archway is building among the community.

"We are going to have quite the celebration on Friday when we take the tarp off of the archway," said Mansur.

Around 6:45 p.m. Thursday evening, a police escort assisted Mike Peto of Pejey's Auto Body & Towing, as he transported the 20-foot archway via a huge flatbed tow truck to the Children's Plaza.

Once the tow truck was parked upon the sidewalk, an Ingersoll-Rand fork lift, driven by Dennis Hicks of D & D Fabrication, took the archway off of the truck.

The fork lift backed its way in between the two Phoenix Steel columns and the archway was soon lowered upon the columns.

Harry Hicks, Lenny Brown and Barry Chendorain began securing the giant archway upon the two columns with huge metal bolts. Hicks and Brown stood upon ladders on either side of the columns, while Chendorain did most of his work from a boom.

Once the giant archway, which is concealed under a blue tarpaulin, was set and secured, an additional three pieces of archway was put together and secured underneath the main structure of the giant archway.

The entire process in transporting the archway and secur

ing it upon the two columns took an estimated 90 minutes.

Plenty of onlookers and passerbys were stopping and staring at the project.

"So we have to wait until tomorrow to see what this is," said one onlooker.

The archway is under cover to preserve its identity until it is finally revealed to the public during a special dedication ceremony at the Children's Plaza at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Mansur said the entire public is invited to come out for the special unveiling of the archway.

"This is going to be really huge," he said. "A lot of people will be taken aback at the beauty of the archway."

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