TREMONT — The state Department of Transportation is paying the town $700 for the land next to Clark Bridge to create a temporary through-way during upcoming construction.
In order for traffic on Tremont Rd/Rte. 102 to continue flowing during reconstruction of the bridge over Marshal Creek, the DOT needs to use the land between the creek and the community building. Using it means owning it, temporarily.
With consent from the town, who owns the property, DOT filed a Notice of Layout and Taking with the Hancock County Registry of Deeds at the end of last week.
An agreement for the property exchange was presented to selectmen at the Aug. 6 meeting.
In order to acquire the property, the state set the fair market value for the .08-acre parcel at $700, to be paid to the town. At that price, a whole acre would be valued at $8,750.
Reconstruction of the bridge is set to begin later this fall and take a year to complete. According to the most recent DOT construction schedule, the cost of repairing the bridge is estimated at $1.7 million. The project includes widening the bridge, repaving and improving drainage.
Once reconstruction of the bridge is complete the property will be returned to the town. In a document included with the agreement, DOT promises that the large elm tree located in the state’s right of way for the project will remain in place.