Discussion about future bridge (railroad crossing) needs at the Town-owned River Point parcel.
A public comment period will not be included with this item.
ACTION: Town Council guidance is expected.
The wooden railroad bridge that provides the only access to the Townâ€™s River Point Conservation Area property is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. Three options have been investigated. The first, replacing the bridge with a new wooden bridge, was considered several years ago and deemed not viable. Other options include a â€śbridge in a backpackâ€ť that uses a new technology developed by the University of Maine College of Engineering. It is a concrete span, 8 ft. in width. The third option is a self-supporting steel span, also 8 ft. in width, that would span the full 100 ft. distance. Both the â€śbridge in a backpackâ€ť and the steel span seem like viable options that would meet the needs for
access, require little or no maintenance, and have a long lifespan.Â A more thorough explanation is attached.
The Town Manager is looking for Council guidance on whether they will support using unassigned fund balance to fund the project, and for authorization to proceed with an RFP process.