WILTON — Instead of removing the Canal Street bridge, the state will replace it, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said Tuesday at the Board of Selectmen meeting.
The Maine Department of Transportation told Irish this week that its bridge committee had decided to keep the one-lane bridge at the foot of Wilson Lake and replace it.
It was good news for taxpayers because the cost for the town to replace the bridge would have been about $100,000, Irish said.
She did not have all of the details, but she expected there would be public hearings for possible replacement next summer.
Previously, MDOT had planned to remove the bridge, which would have left a narrow entrance-exit behind the Bass building to the boat landing and parking area.
After Irish, Paul Gooch and Tom Saviello met with Chip Getchell from MDOT bridge maintenance, Getchell agreed to meet selectmen early in April for more discussion and an on-site inspection.
Since then, the board sent a letter requesting help with the bridge, which brought the bridge committee to Wilton to look over the concerns voiced by selectmen at the April meeting, Irish said.

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