Division Street bridge closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely

(Emily Thurlow) Division Street bridge.

HOUSATONIC — Division Street bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic by Friday, Sept. 6, at the state Department of Transportation’s recommendation.
Though the deteriorating bridge, built in 1950, has been on the town’s radar for some time, the recommended closure came as a bit of a surprise, said Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.
A load rating analysis was performed in August, and as a result, it was determined that the bridge does not have the capacity to support vehicular traffic due to issues with the end floor beam and two stringers, said Jacquelyn Goddard, MassDOT spokesperson.
“The bridge is currently rated zero tons for all vehicle types, but will remain open for pedestrians,” Goddard said in a statement.
The Town of Great Barrington is currently under contract with Westfield-based engineering firm Tighe & Bond to address structural deficiencies through significant repairs or replacement, said Sean VanDeusen, superintendent for the town’s Department of Public Works.

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