Bass River Bridge Work to Continue into November

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The state Department of Transportation, the agency overseeing a three-phase project to repair the Bass River Bridge, has informed Yarmouth officials that the work will go on longer than expected.

Yarmouth Public Works Director Jeff Colby said he was told that it will take until Thanksgiving to finish the second phase of the project.

“They initially notified us in the spring that it would take until the end of September,” he said. “We were all hoping it would be completed prior to the holiday because we expect an increase of traffic at that time.”

The state hired the contractor SPS New England, Inc. to complete the work.

Colby said the state has not provided a detailed answer as to why the work was taking longer than expected.

The bridge was constructed in the 1930s, meaning that the spans are not as long as they would be on a modern day structure.

Colby said that the work was obviously needed, but is worried about traffic concerns during the final phase of construction next summer.

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