Amherst closed its Station Road Bridge in September following several safety concerns.
The Station Road Bridge was built sometime in the 1950’s, since then, the need for its replacement has become more evident with growing complications.
The bridge officially closed on September 20 of this year. The Department of Public Works originally anticipated that the bridge could be replaced with concrete box culverts in a three-month window.
After learning that the replacement structure would be subject to requirements under state law, the project is now moving forward with MassDOT.
Amherst is still looking at alternatives to get the bridge open sooner.
“The state DOT department has to review the replacement bridge so that’s going to slow us down a little bit and we still have a couple of other things we have to do, so the bridge is closed and we’re working as hard as we can to get it back open,” Guilford Mooring, superintendent of Amherst DPW told 22News.
It’ll take almost two years.
If the project starts on November 1, the bridge will be completed and opened for use at the end of August 2020.
The estimated cost of the project is around $2.6 million. Mooring told 22News, CDM Smith will be helping the town design the new bridge