Brook Road in Shelburne expected to reopen in two years after bridge repair

Franklin County

The town of Shelburne received state funding last month to repair the Brook Road Bridge.

The state awarded Shelburne a half million dollar Small Bridge Grant to complete repairs of the Brook Road Bridge. The bridge and the road have been closed for almost two years.

When state highway engineers examined the bridge that crosses a stream on Brook Road in September of 2017, they found cracks and determined the bridge was unsafe.

Farmers built the bridge a century ago, and it’s showing its age.

Shelburne applied for a MassDOT Small Bridge Grant, shortly after the road closure, and they recently received $500,000 to make repairs.

“That’s the good news,” said Andrew Baker, town Selectboard member. “The less good news for some of the people who’ve been waiting a long time for that bridge to open is that it will probably take another two years to both do the engineering plans and the construction, and then the reopening of the bridge.”

Baker told 22News once the bridge is fixed, drivers could expect Brook Road to reopen in about two years.

Baker said he’s sympathetic to people impatient for the road to re-open, especially now that the state will be repaving Route 2 in Shelburne.

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