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Work on permanent bridge at 2nd N.H. Turnpike in progress

FRANCESTOWN — The bridge on the section of the 2nd N.H. Turnpike between Woodward Hill Road and Red House Road was closed last month, as construction of a permanent bridge gets underway.

Back in 2012 when the N.H. Department of Transportation closed the bridge, Town Administrator Mike Branley said that although state aid is an option for the cost of the permanent bridge, the bill for the upcoming repairs will be Francestown’s responsibility. In February 2012, the town drafted a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, which included $50,000 in a capital reserve funds to rehabilitate four flagged bridges, including the 2nd N.H. Turnpike bridge.

The cost of the temporary bridge was less than the alotted $70,000 according to Select Board Chair Betsy Hardwick in an interview last June.

The road is expected to stay closed for 117 days, according to a press release issued by Branley.

George R. Cairns and Sons, Inc. will be building the permanent bridge.

“Similar to when the bridge was closed in December of 2012, the detour will send traffic coming from the south from 2nd N.H. Turnpike S. to Red House Road,” the press release reads. “Traffic coming from the center of town towards Lyndeborough will be detoured onto Cross Road.”

The bridge was first closed on Dec. 5, 2012, and construction for a temporary bridge began a year ago and was completed before June 2013.

The new bridge will replace the temporary bridge.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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