Greenfield covered bridge back in place

Bridge was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene file image of the Pumping Station (Eunice Williams) Bridge in Greenfield

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A covered bridge in Greenfield that was knocked off its abutments and damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene in August 2011 is finally back in place.

The Recorder reports that two cranes lifted the Pumping Station Bridge (Eunice Williams Bridge) spanning the Green River into place on Thursday after a $1 million repair and restoration project. The federal government is picking up about 60 percent of the cost.

Mayor William Martin said the getting the bridge back was a “long time coming.”

The current bridge was built in 1972. It replaced a 100-year-old bridge that was burned down by vandals in 1969.

It was closed to vehicular traffic in 2002 when it was deemed unsafe, but Martin says expects it will be open to foot and vehicle traffic again by Thanksgiving.

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