GRAFTON, Mass. – The Depot Street Bridge will be back to two-way traffic by the end of November after repair estimates came in $30,000 below budget.
Selectmen on Tuesday approved a $95,000 contract with R. Bates and Sons, Inc. of Sterling to fix the bridge's sidewalk, which was declared structurally unsafe by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation more than a year ago. With the sidewalk closed off by Jersey barriers and a makeshift sidewalk in place, there has been only enough space for traffic to exit Depot Street from the Ferry Street side, with no entry from Providence Road.
The project is coming in well below budget, Town Engineer Brian Sczcurko said. The initial budget request was $125,000.
"We're going to be able to do both sides of the bridge for less than what we estimated," Sczcurko said.
Work is expected to begin within the next two weeks. The contractor has an Oct. 31 deadline for substantial completion and must be completely finished by Nov. 30, Sczcurko said.