Salem selectmen approve $125,000 for engineering study of bridge
The bridge was closed June 5 after it was deemed unsafe by state Department of Transportation officials, with an open sinkhole posing a major hazard to passing motorists.
Hickey said the bridge is around 40 years old and is one of the state’s red-listed bridges. The bridge had remained open up until earlier this month, but traffic had been reduced to a single lane.
While the emergency reserve funds will cover engineering costs, the Teague Drive bridge’s reconstruction could cost up to $800,000 more, according to Hickey.
Eight bridges have already been replaced in Salem under the state’s bridge reconstruction program, which allows the town of Salem to get up to 80 percent of construction costs reimbursed.
A warrant item asking voters to approve the bridge’s reconstruction will be placed on the March 2014 Town Meeting ballot, according to Chairman Everett McBride Jr.firstname.lastname@example.org
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