Bridge repair to begin in Shelburne Falls

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – If you live or work near Shelburne Falls you may experience some delays in your daily commute. 22News is working for you with details of a bridge repair that will be taking place this week.

The Iron Bridge connects Shelburne Falls with Buckland. Department of Transportation workers will start installing the underneath platform of the bridge this week.

Traffic will be controlled by police officers and a few parking spaces will be blocked off for equipment.

Michelle Olanyk, the owner of Moe’s Fudge Factor, told 22News changes in the flow of traffic could affect business. “This area is a bottleneck for traffic, right out in front of our store and across the bridge so any kind of difficulties over and above normal traveling people really avoid.”

Once that platform is installed, it will be another 8 weeks before the second phase of construction begins. Bridge traffic will then be reduced to alternating one way travel for almost 4 weeks.

The project is expected to be completed in early June. The estimated cost of the bridge repair is approximately $200,000.