GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Repair and restoration work has started on a covered bridge in Greenfield that was knocked off its abutments by the remnants of Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
The work on the Eunice Williams Bridge over the Green River will cost about $1 million, with the federal government picking up about 60 percent of the cost. The rest will come from the town’s state road aid apportionment.
Mayor William Martin says the bridge will be lifted from its abutments and set in the nearby parking while being restored. At the same time, the stone abutments will be reinforced.
Martin tells The Recorder he hopes the bridge will be open to pedestrians and light vehicular traffic by the fall.
The current bridge was built in 1972. It replaced a 100-year-old bridge that was burned down by vandals in 1969.