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Iron Bridge to be closed on Monday

Workers suspend scaffolding from the Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls in March to inspect and repair components. 
(Recorder File/Paul Franz)

Workers suspend scaffolding from the Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls in March to inspect and repair components. (Recorder File/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls will be closed Monday as the state Department of Transportation continues to repair the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

The bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

According to MassDOT spokeswoman Amanda Richard, the work will replace damaged steel components.

The state has been working on the $270,000 project since March, when a work platform was installed to access the damaged steel so that precise measurements could be taken. Shop drawings were developed and sent to a steel supplier for fabrication of the new pieces. There were delays in fabrication.

Vehicles are prohibited from crossing the bridge while work is being done to replace the damaged pieces.

At least one sidewalk will remain open at all times for pedestrian access.

Repairs for the full project will be complete in about six weeks.

While MassDOT had first estimated over the winter that this work would be complete in June 2014, Richard said, further inspection indicated some design changes were required. The state is now expecting the repairs to be complete by the end of August.

The bridge was constructed in 1890, and was flooded and battered by tree trunks during the flooding of the 2011 tropical storm.

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