The Ashby Selectmen have called a special Bernhardt Road Bridge Replacement Planning Meeting for Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Ashby Town Hall.
The public is invited to come with their ideas and suggestions concerning the replacement of the Bernhardt Road Bridge that was recently removed after being closed for 8 years after half of the southern abutment wall collapsed into the Trap Falls Brook due to flood damage.
The bridge, at a span of 18 feet 6 inches, does not qualify for state funding because the span is less than 20 feet. Ashby, as most other cities and towns, does not have available funds to cover the estimated replacement cost of approximately $980,000.
The reason this bridge is important is that it serves as a safer access road than Wheeler Road on Amadon Hill to the Route 119. It also is a safety route for exiting Willard Brook State Park, especially in cases of emergency such as fire or auto accidents that could create a bottle neck on that winding section of Route 119.