Middlebury Road Bridge Work — Getting Started!
I wanted to let you know that the contractor was actually on site at Middlebury Road bridge last Friday, July 21, 2006. The bridge contractor was clearing debris around the area in preparation for mobilizing the equipment needed to remove the old bridge and install the new one over the next 6 months. Obviously this is good news and it’s great to see something actually happening after all the difficulties that this bridge project has encountered.
It might not look like much yet but the fact that work is officially underway at the Middlebury Road bridge is enough in and of itself a cause to celebrate. It’s been 3 years worth of legal wrangling to get this far so to actually see some real work beginning is a success in itself.
At this point the contractor is making room to bring in the equipment necessary to remove the existing bridge and then install the new bridge — that’s why you see a chipper truck with an employee pulling and cutting out shrub trees. The new bridge has already been made and is ready to be shipped to the site as soon as the contractor has done the necessary preparation work.
Pending weather conditions (especially in the fall) the work is scheduled to be compete by the end of the year. Obviously that’s when the real celebration can begin but until then Friday was a milestone that took many miles to get to so it seemed noteworthy enough to put in this posting.