Safety and lighting issues debated at meeting on bridge linking Somersworth, Berwick

Posted Dec. 20, 2012, at 6:13 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 20, 2012, at 12:37 p.m.

BERWICK, Maine — Tuesday night’s Selectmen’s meeting at the Berwick Town Hall brought up the concern of improvements to the bridge connecting the town with Somersworth.

The process of approval for new aesthetics is in discussion with the Somersworth Planning and Development committee. The quick drive between two communities in the Tri City area includes a debate for improvements to railing and lighting upgrades as major projects for the bridge regarding positive safe adjustments. Pedestrian lights are the primary issue in question.

Replacing steel and portion improvements will also be taken into consideration.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation is on board with Somersworth’s support; however, the Maine Department of Transportation will only pay for the light installation, not the upkeep of the bridge itself.

“These lights shouldn’t be prohibited from either side,” Selectman Eleanor Murphy said.

The cost of operation, the conventional streetlights, the controller of the lights, photo electric or manual lights are questions for the downtown vision committee, as the process of the budget develops.

The committee meets the first Monday of every month at Berwick Town Hall at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The town hopes to have a decision made by May 2013 in order for the bridge to be completed by summer 2014.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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