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Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

(Emily Thurlow)

GREAT BARRINGTON— Could the Cottage Street bridge resemble something like the Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne Falls as it awaits total replacement?

The suggestion was one of several options raised during a Selectboard meeting Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center.

The 142-foot town-owned bridge was built in the 1930s and later rebuilt in 1961. In December 2018, decaying beams prompted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to close the bridge indefinitely to motor vehicle traffic.

Seven months prior, the town landed a $5 million grant funded from MassDOT’s Transportation Improvement Program, said the Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski at the meeting.

With the grant, the town expects to replace the entire bridge, he added.

“It’s still five years out at this time, plus an entire year of construction, so we’re still looking at six years [until a potential reopening of the bridge]. In the meantime, we wanted to have this meeting to get feedback from you to see how we can improve the neighborhood,” he said.

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