Shelburne gets $300K for bridge repair

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 26, 2018

SHELBURNE — Shelburne was among 12 communities to receive state aid for repairs or replacement of town-owned bridges that are not eligible for federal aid or that are at high risk for full or partial closure.

The Baker-Polito administration has awarded Shelburne $300,000 from the Municipal Small Bridge Program for the replacement of a one-lane bridge on Bassett Road, with runs above Dragon Brook.

According to Highway Superintendent Mark Shippee, the Bassett Road bridge was closed by the state at the end of July, and the town Highway Department put in a temporary bridge, to serve the two homes that were affected by the bridge closure. Shippee said the estimated cost for replacing the bridge was $300,000.

The 12 communities combined received about $5.2 million for replacement or preservation of small bridges. So far, the Gov. Baker administration has awarded $21.2 million since creating the Municipal Small Bridge Program in August 2016.