LEE -- Meadow Street has re-opened to through traffic thanks to a temporary bridge replacing a damaged one the state ordered closed nearly 10 months ago.
The temporary span and guard rails were installed over the past 10 days and on Friday were declared ready to use by state bridge inspectors, according to town officials. The one-lane crossing over Powder Mill Brook will handle all the heavy truck traffic that frequents Meadow Street, said Lee Public Works Superintendent Christopher Pompi.
"We had 80,000 pounds of trucks on it [Friday] finishing the bridge, so it will hold up to all traffic," Pompi said.
The original bridge was closed in March after town highway workers discovered a two-foot hole in its decking.
Earlier in the year, state bridge inspectors found structural problems underneath the bridge and damage to the abutment, in part caused by Tropical Storm Irene last year, town officials have said.
The temporary bridge, on loan from the state, will remain in place until a permanent one is designed and built. The project could be put out to bid next spring, subject to funding, town officials have said.
Meadow Street is a well-traveled connector between Route 102 in South Lee and Main Road in Tyringham via Tyringham Road in Lee.