GRAFTON, Mass. — The Depot Street bridge, closed to two way traffic for over 20 months due to structural damage, will be reopened by Thanksgiving.
Town Administrator Tim McInerney said the construction company, R. Bates and Sons, Inc., of Sterling was hired by the Board of Selectmen in September to repair the bridge’s sidewalk and wall. The work began in early October and is expected to cost the town about $95,000.
“This has been a burden to many who have lived in the area,” McInerney said.
Two way traffic was closed in March 2011, with access limited from the Ferry Street side of the bridge, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation declared it structurally unsafe.
For residents who live in the area, (and have been detouring to the post office or Fisher Park), this is big news. Last November, while the town was gauging a plan of action for repairs, an online survey said 80 percent of 450 responses valued two-way traffic more than a rebuilt sidewalk. By Thanksgiving, they will have both.
In other highway news, McInerney said pavement of Pleasant Street will be completed on Nov. 7, a job he said that has affected about 1,000 residents.