2nd NH Turnpike reopens thanks to temporary bridge
State funding for a complete replacement of the bridge is slated to become available in 2014, but the town, not wanting such an important thoroughfare to remain closed for that long, agreed to fund a temporary fix at town meeting in March, raising $70,000 to establish a one-lane bridge made with steel beams, wooden planks and cement barriers.
Less than three weeks after construction began, the new bridge opened on June 13, according to the town."I am pleased to announce that the bridge on the turnpike is now open to traffic," said Board of Selectmen Chair Betsy Hardwick. "The Highway Department and our contractors deserve credit for doing a great job completing this project as quickly as possible once the engineering was finalized and all of the materials were lined up."Vehicles approaching the bridge will be met with stop signs and are expected to stop before entering the bridge, according to the town.Work on a permanent replacement for the bridge is expected to begin as soon as funding becomes available next year, according to Town Administrator Michael Branley.