CONWAY BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ON AGENDA

by Gair on August 29, 2013

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE REPLACEMENT OF A BADLY DETERIORATED BRIDGE ON ROUTE 302 IN CENTER CONWAY WILL BE DISCUSSED DURING A REGULAR MEETING OF CONWAY SELECTMEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, 2013.

DAVID SCOTT IS THE IN-HOUSE BRIDGE DESIGN CHIEF AT D.O.T.

HE SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO PRESENT CITIZENS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED PROJECT AND GET INPUT TO ENSURE IT MEETS TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND COMMUNITY GOALS – AND IT PROTECTS AND ENHANCES THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE CURRENT NARROW 106 FOOT LONG 2-LANE BRIDGE THAT RUNS OVER THE CONWAY LAKE OUTLET ON EAST MAIN ST. IS ON THE STATE’S “REDLIST,” MEANING IT HAS DEGRADED – PRIMARILY DUE TO THE CORROSIVE EFFECTS OF ROAD SALT AND WATER – TO THE POINT WHERE IT’S CHECKED MORE FREQUENTLY – AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR – AND GIVEN PRIORITY FOR REHABILITATION OR REPLACEMENT.

SCOTT SAYS THERE’S NO DANGER OF THE CURRENT BRIDGE – BUILT IN 1955 – ACTUALLY COLLAPSING, BUT AFTER A RECENT REPAVING PROJECT IT WAS DETERMINED IT MUST BE REPLACED, AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF ABOUT $3.1 MILLION.

ONE OPTION WOULD GIVE THE REPLACEMENT BRIDGE WIDER SHOULDERS OF 4-FEET ON EACH SIDE.

USING MODERN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, SCOTT SAYS THE NEW BRIDGE SHOULD LAST FOR 75 YEARS.

THE CURRENT SCHEDULE CALLS FOR THE BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED IN 2021. IF FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE BEFORE THEN, THE PROJECT COULD START AS EARLY AS THE SUMMER OF 2015.

SELECTMEN WILL MEET AT THE CONWAY TOWN OFFICES SEPT. 10, 2013 AT 4 P.M.

THE BRIDGE PROJECT WILL BE DISCUSSED EARLY IN THE MEETING.

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