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Town, state to discuss bridge repair

COLRAIN — Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan and Town Coordinator Kevin Fox met with a state-certified bridge engineer last Friday to discuss plans to repair the Heath Bridge off Adamsville Road.

The bridge, which carries school buses of children to Colrain Central and to Mohawk Trail Regional High School, was ordered closed indefinitely by the state on April 4, after an engineer determined that bridge girders, battered during Tropical Storm Irene, were beginning to fail. Before it was closed, that bridge had been scheduled for an estimated $1.3 million repair, to begin in 2018. Because it has been closed, and because the detours involve hilly, narrow roads, the Mohawk school district would have to add a four-wheel-drive school van to transport 14 elementary students and seven Mohawk students to school. The added costs to Mohawk were estimated at $275 per day, for 180 school days per year.

Fox said the engineer is expected to get back to town officials regarding repair plans by the end of the month.

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