Bass River Bridge Replacement Plans Move Forward

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YARMOUTH –Just before the holidays, Friends of Bass River held a meeting to discuss the proposed Rt. 28 bridge replacement.

Attendees included a Massachusetts Department of Transportation project manager, representatives from engineering firms, and members of both the Dennis and Yarmouth town governments.

According to group founder Dewitt Davenport, the DOT has already done some research and funds are available.

“Based upon their engineering studies, Bass River Bridge has reached a higher priority for repair and replacement. They actually have $17.5 million set aside for construction of a new bridge,” he said.

Plans for the initial steps were a major part of the discussion.

Davenport pointed out that a major environmental concern will need to be addressed. “We have to increase the flow underneath that bridge in order to get better flushing action all the way to Follins Pond.”

The Friends of Bass River are expected to have a major part in the process, making sure that the best actions are taken.

Future meetings are already planned, including a large public forum to be held by the DOT in march.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2020.

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