A Maine Department of Transportation project to widen Marsh Bridge, near the Tremont/Southwest Harbor town line, is set to begin next summer. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Bridge work has begun

TREMONT — Construction work on Clark Bridge near the Tremont Consolidated School has begun and is expected to continue until the end of the school year.

Tim Hebert of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) updated selectmen on Monday on the three construction projects scheduled in Tremont. CPM Constructors was awarded the $3.5 million contract to upgrade Clark and Marsh bridges, as well as building a sidewalk.

The contract for the project stipulated that two natural objects must be preserved, the glacial erratic (boulder) in Marshal Brook and the Siberian elm tree near the bridge.

A glacial erratic located under the Clark Bridge in Tremont was moved earlier this week. Residents have expressed concern about moving the rock and the project contractor has promised to put it back in place when the work is complete.

Earlier this week, the rock was moved in order to make room for a temporary bridge during the reconstruction of the 94-year-old Clark Bridge. Its weight caused some damage to the equipment used to move it, according to Hebert.

While the contractor was hoping to install the temporary bridge before New Years, it will likely be finished in early January.

Fire Chief Keith Higgins voiced concern about construction vehicles in the school parking lot or using Marsh Road that runs adjacent to the school property on Tremont Road.

He asked if workers on the project could avoid parking their vehicles along the side of the road, saying it creates a traffic hazard.

Work on Marsh Bridge, located at the Tremont/Southwest Harbor line, is scheduled to begin after Labor Day 2019. Stipulations in the contract for this project include closing both lanes of the bridge for not longer than 60 days during construction. Both lanes are to remain open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This bridge was constructed in 1931 and is scheduled to be widened.

After Clark Bridge is complete and before work begins on Marsh Bridge, a sidewalk from the school to the north end of Flat Iron Road will be constructed. This is meant to ease students’ commute to school and is being funded in part by the Safe Routes to School program.

More information about the two bridge projects is posted on the town’s website, tremont.maine.gov.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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