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Monday, July 7, 2014

Wilton downtown bridge over Souhegan River closed for weeks

WILTON – It will be a little harder to get to downtown Wilton for the next six weeks, as the Route 31 bridge over the Souhegan River will be closed while the state replaces the bridge decking.

State officials have said they plan to have the bridge reopened in time for Wilton’s Old Home Days, which begins Aug. 16. The town parade traditionally forms in the parking lot around the Label Art company, which is on the south side of the river, then crosses the bridge to get to Main Street. ...

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WILTON – It will be a little harder to get to downtown Wilton for the next six weeks, as the Route 31 bridge over the Souhegan River will be closed while the state replaces the bridge decking.

State officials have said they plan to have the bridge reopened in time for Wilton’s Old Home Days, which begins Aug. 16. The town parade traditionally forms in the parking lot around the Label Art company, which is on the south side of the river, then crosses the bridge to get to Main Street.

Until then, however, you can’t get to Main Street by taking Route 31 down from the Route 101 intersection, near the Town of Wilton announcement board on Island Street. Wilton’s Main Street is still accessible from Route 101 in Milford, and from the west via Route 31 in Lyndeborough.

Island Street remains open to local traffic, including traffic for Label Arts on adjoining Mill Street.

Route 31 is a state road. The work is being done by T. Buck Co., of Auburn, Maine.

Work began weeks ago with the installation of shielding under the bridge to keep things from falling into the river and work on the sewer line that runs under the bridge, held up by hangers. Traffic was reduced to one lane in mid-June.

Project supervisor Keith Warren told the Cabinet newspaper that the bridge profile “will stay about the same,” but it will get a new sidewalk and railings

The contractors will “rip off the decking, jack up the bridge, and put in new bearings,” Warren said.