Design work starting on new bridge for Shelburne Falls

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The Falls Lane bridge in Shelburne is expecting a $4.5-million overhaul beginning this year.  Amy Woolvett photo

By Greg Bennett

A project to replace the Shelburne Falls Lane bridge with a new two-lane structure is still a go.

Work has already begun on the design phase of the new multi-million bridge and the province has purchased an adjacent home and property in preparation for the work.

It is unknown when exactly construction can begin.

Pamela Menchenton, a representative from the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said it is also unclear exactly what will happen with the house that sits on the property they bought.

“There is no firm decision at this time to remove or relocate the house, but those are two potential possibilities. Another possibility is that it will remain in place and be sold once the bridge project is complete, should the property not be needed,” she said.

The new construction will allow for two lanes for cars, plus a 4-metre wide multi-use active transportation lane on one side of the bridge to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and ATVs.

Because the department is adding additional width to the new structure the adjacent rails to trails bridge will have to be removed before new construction can begin.

She said the bridge would be replaced with a multi-use lane accessible to all trail traffic.

A temporary closure of the trail during construction might be necessary.

When the work will start is still to be determined.

“The bridge will need to be designed then the work to build and install it will be tendered. Once the contracts are awarded, we’ll be able to provide an estimate of the project timeline,” she said.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Shelburne Falls

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