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Construction crew gets coffee break with kids

  • Colrain Central students and a construction crew working on the Jacksonville Road bridge enjoy a visit and coffee break together on the school grounds. Submitted photo/Carla Potts—

  • Colrain Central students and a construction crew working on the Jacksonville Road bridge enjoy a visit and coffee break together on the school grounds. Submitted photo/Carla Potts—

  • Colrain Central students and a construction crew working on the Jacksonville Road bridge enjoy a visit and coffee break together on the school grounds. Submitted photo/Carla Potts—


Recorder Staff
Friday, June 08, 2018

COLRAIN — After watching construction work on and around the Jacksonville Road bridge for about two years, Colrain Central School invited a crew from ETL Construction Co. to take a coffee break this week with the entire school.

“For the past two years, we’ve been watching the bridge construction outside our school,” said Colrain Principal Amy Looman. “Our students are always fascinated by the equipment and the people working on this project,” she said. “At the suggestion of one of our staff members, we decided to give this crew a break. They’ve been working hard, and we thought it would be a great way to get to know the folks working in our front yard.”

The crew visited with the students, who asked about their work. “The crew was met with applause and high-fives,” said Looman. “We love being a part of this community and making these connections.”

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the $9.5 million bridge replacement project is to include full replacement of the bridge, a new box culvert, scour protection measures on the abutments and an extended southern bridge approach over the East Branch of the North River. Construction is to be finished by spring of 2019.