CLARKSBURG -- After being closed for over a year, the East Road bridge is expected to reopen by the end of the month.
At Wednesday night’s selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Thomas Webb told the board a base coat of asphalt should be on the bridge by the end of the week.
Webb said guardrails are expected to be delivered next week.
"They’re going to leave that blocked off until the guardrails get in there," Webb said. "They don’t want anyone trying to get across that bridge."
He added that in the spring, construction crews will fix any depressions that occur this winter and put down the top coat of asphalt.
The project is being completed by Pittsfield contractor J.H. Maxymillian at a cost of $274,276. Demolition of the old bridge began in September.
The East Road bridge has been closed since August 2011, when damage from Tropical Storm Irene made it unusable. The town was ineligible for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fix the bridge, as an inspection from the state’s Department of Transportation shortly before the storm found the bridge in need of improvements.
Webb also told the board that work on replacing the Gates Avenue culvert will have to wait until the spring, as it’s too late in the season to start now.
"We’re too far into it now to have any chance to actually get some asphalt onto it," he said.
In other business, the board voted to approve the water and sewer commitment for fiscal year 2013 at $57,429, sewer being $56,544 and water $885.
Selectmen Chair Carl McKinney told the board the public review of property value ended Wednesday. He said a tax classification hearing will be set for sometime next week. Webb told the board he hopes to hold that hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
McKinney also reminded the board there will not be a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
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