Antrim’s Grove Street Bridge one step closer to reopening 

  • A bridge on Grove Street was close off to thru-traffic on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 after NH Department of Transportation officials deemed the structure unsafe.(Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:30AM

Grove Street Bridge in Antrim is one step closer to reopening after a select board meeting on Monday night.

Members unanimously decided to partner with Hansen Bridge, a construction company based in New Hampshire.

The bridge will cost $112,000 to fix, town officials said after the meeting.

Town Administrator Donna Hanson said the town will split the payment into two lump sums, dishing out the first half at the beginning of the project and the second lump sum once construction is completed.

During this year’s Town Meeting, residents approved raising and appropriating $41,000 from a town bridge capital reserve fund for the project. A balance of $70,800 will come from an unassigned fund balance.

Select board members asked Highway Manager Jim Plourde to ask the company for an estimated lifespan of the bridge. Plourde said companies generally don’t generally give estimates due to a myriad of potential unpredictable issues that could cause the structure to fail before its time. He said things like flooding make it difficult to estimate a structure’s life expectancy.  

Grove Street Bridge over Great Brook was closed indefinitely since the beginning of December after the state’s Department of Transportation cited it has critical deficiencies that could pose safety hazards.

The bridge is one of many the town will need to pour money into in the near future.

Residents also approved adding $212,375 into its bridge capital reserve funds during Town Meeting.

It also voted to appropriate about $1.208 million to municipally manage a state Department of Transportation State Aid Bridge grant for the replacement of the West Street Bridge. Of that sum, about $942,600 will come from the state bridge aid fund, and about $265,800 will be drawn from the existing bridge capital reserve fund.