COLRAIN, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation met Friday night to discuss the future of the Jacksonville Road Bridge. The Department is planning to replace the bridge that runs over the North River.
The bridge is a heavy traffic area for out of state commuters and needs to be updated and repaired for safety reasons. The proposed work consists of a full replacement of the bridge, as well as the roads leading up to it.
Laura Bruffee-Slowinski, a Colrain homeowner, told 22News its time for the bridge to go. “She’s falling apart. She’s tired. She’s crumbling. She’s been through a really bad flood. She’s extremely weathered.”
One concern residents have is the lack of a walkway on the bridge for pedestrians or bike riders to use. The project proposes to widen travel lanes and create two usable shoulders.
Construction will begin in 2015, and the bridge replacement will cost an estimated 7 million dollars.