New Marlborough’s one-lane bridge may be shut for 1 year

NEW
MARLBOROUGH — An existing one-lane bridge that runs over the Whiting River
is slated to undergo reconstruction next year, but some residents are wary
about construction going on during the winter.

The
proposed project calls for widening the roadway and adding guardrails to the
overpass on Campbell Falls Road,
but according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the
bridge would be closed for the duration of construction, which could take up to
one year.

William
Brown, MassDOT project manager, led a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 28 to
discuss the proposed rehab project — which is currently at the 25 percent
design level — with concerned residents.

“The
bridge is severely structurally deficient due to the deterioration of the steel
beams,” said Brown to a handful of local officials and a single concerned
resident in attendance at the hearing.

The one-lane bridge, originally constructed in 1938, has a curb-to-curb width of 14 feet. Traffic volume data from 2012 indicates an average of 120 cars crossing the bridge per day, according to MassDOT.

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