NH DOT TO DISCUSS TAMWORTH BRIDGE

by Christian Mower on September 25, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS WILL ATTEND A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT IN TAMWORTH TO DISCUSS THE ROUTE 113 BRIDGE OVER THE BEARCAMP RIVER IN TAMWORTH.

BOB LANDRY IS A PROGRAM MANAGER WITH NHDOT’S BRIDGE DESIGN BUREAU. HE SAYS THE BRIDGE WAS ADDED TO THE STATE’S REDLIST – MEANING ITS POOR CONDITION MAKES IT A PRIORITY FOR REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR – IN 2009.

THE 123-FOOT LONG, 34 FOOT WIDE BRIDGE WAS BUILT IN 1955. IT’S NOW NUMBER 79 ON THE STATE’S LIST FOR PRIORITY REPLACEMENT. AFTER 58 YEARS OF VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND ROAD SALT ITS DECK AND SUBSTRUCTURE HAVE DEGRADED AND ARE BOTH NOW RATED “POOR.” STATE STATISTICS FROM 2010 SHOW ABOUT 2,100 CARS GO OVER IT EVERY DAY – TRUCK TRAFFIC MAKES UP A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL.

ONE POSSIBLE OPTION IS TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE COMPLETELY DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. THAT WOULD MEAN THE PROJECT WOULD COST LESS AND BE COMPLETED MORE QUICKLY – ANOTHER OPTION WOULD BE TO WORK ON IT IN PHASES OVER AT LEAST TWO NON-WINTER SEASONS. THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY ON THE STATE’S DRAFT 10-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN SCHEDULED FOR 2022 AT A COST OF ABOUT $5 MILLION.

LANDRY SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THURSDAY NIGHT’S MEETING IN TAMWORTH IS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE BRIDGE OFF THE REDLIST. HE SAYS PLANNERS WILL TAKE INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC ON LOCAL CONCERNS – AS WELL AS CONSIDER USE OF THE BRIDGE BY EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL AND SCHOOL BUSES.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE TAMWORTH TOWN HOUSE, 27 CLEVELAND HILL RD. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30 P.M. AND A FORMAL PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN AT 7 P.M.

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