Board seeks bridge bids


NEWRY — At Monday afternoon’s board meeting, selectmen agreed to put the Chase Hill Bridge project on Branch Road out to bid, and took down Road Posted signs because frost has left the ground.

Administrator Loretta Powers said Tuesday afternoon that Eric Calderwood of Calderwood Engineering in Richmond has designed a precast bridge plan for the Chase Hill Bridge over Chase Hill Brook.

That bridge is the largest and oldest of three Branch Road spans that the Maine Department of Transportation wants replaced because they were deemed unsafe. Newry replaced Branch Brook Bridge last year.

Chase Hill Bridge was built in 1923 and is 35 feet long and 17 feet wide.

Selectmen also set the bid opening date for May 17.

At town meeting last month, voters approved taking $160,000 from the Capital Improvement Account to fund this year’s bridge project, which serves one permanent resident living on the other side of the bridge.

In other business, unseasonably warm temperatures this month and in March caused the town to post its roads and remove such signs earlier than normal.

“Last year, we took them down at the end of April, so it is early this year,” Powers said. “We have 13 roads in town and they were all posted to let the frost come out.”

The board also discussed junkyards again, but made no decision on whether to start enforcing state junkyard laws. Newry doesn’t have a junkyard ordinance, Powers said.

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