Replacement bridge approval will head to voters


Berkshire Eagle Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Town voters will be asked to approve three temporary easements that will allow the upcoming replacement of the Hopper Road Bridge.

A special town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 features three warrant articles that give construction workers permission to use three parcels during construction. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s meeting room at town hall.

"Using federal funds, Mass Highway intends to replace our bridge on Hopper Road," Town Manager Peter Fohlin told Selectmen Monday. "The construction phase requires some temporary construction easements for workmen to use, for excavation and so forth."

The bridge over the Green River provides access from Green River Road to residential properties on Hopper Road and the Williamstown side of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

The state required the town reduce the bridge to one lane in 2012 after deterioration was found in the supports for the outermost beams on both sides of the bridge.

A temporary bridge will be constructed near the existing bridge, which will then be replaced.

One private parcel is 725 square feet, according to the warrant posted at town hall. The two town owned parcels are 1,395 and 5,147 square feet.

The warrant also asks for $1,500 from unreserved funds for right of way expenses related to the project.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, according to the Mass Highway website, and is expected to cost roughly $3 million.

-- Edward Damon


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