Salem to begin reconstruction of Shannon Road Bridge
SALEM — The town is set to begin reconstruction of the Shannon Road Bridge next week, and just in time, the town has received some money for the project from the state.
On Monday night, selectmen accepted a $91,517.86 reimbursement from the state for the costs of the completed design and engineering work for the bridge project.
“The design money we usually get right away,” said Selectman Everett McBride. “It’s the construction money that we don’t get right away.”
The state funds for the completed bridge design and engineering will go into the town’s unreserved fund balance, according to McBride.
Work on the bridge is slated to start next week, according to Town Manager Keith Hickey.
The project will include the full replacement of the bridge’s metal pipe arch structure with a precast concrete rigid frame structure. In addition to the bridge reconstruction, there will also be reconstruction of the roadway near the bridge.
That reconstruction will include a roadway realignment, new pavement, drainage improvements and guardrail replacements.
The overall project runs from north of the Providence Hill Road intersection and extends north to the Atkinson Road intersection. Work is expected to continue through the summer construction season.