Someone found an artistic way to remind drivers that the bridge over the Housatonic River that stretches from the Amesville section of Salisbury to Falls Village is closed. The deteriorating span has been shut down for more than a year as the two towns grapple with how to replace it. The latest word from the state was that the one-lane bridge would have to be expanded to two lanes when it's redone. Ruth Epstein Republican-American

Hmmm, maybe the A.B.C. should review this story….. 1

To put this story in context…the Superintendent of Region One IS THE BRIDGE between the large and small towns of Region One….and her pay should remain proportioned the way it is now….just like the formula for the bridge between Falls Village and Salisbury.

First Selectman Patricia A. Mechare told the Board of Finance that Black and Warner, the low bidder for the replacement of the Water Street Bridge (also known as the Amesville Bridge in Salisbury), has backed out.

The next lowest bidder is New England Fabricators. The bridge, which spans the Housatonic River between Salisbury and Falls Village, has been closed for several years due to its deteriorating condition.
Salisbury First Selectman Curtis G. Rand said the cost would be $2.8 million. He said they are hoping to sign the contract any day now. The state and federal governments will pay 80 percent of the cost and the two towns will split the remaining 20 percent; three-fourths for Salisbury and one fourth for Falls Village.
The project will have several parts: getting the old bridge out, fixing the abutments and drilling new piles behind them, putting the trusses together and paving. The new span, which will be 20 feet wide, six feet wider than the current one, will be constructed off site.
The plan is to have the builders work seven days a week to complete the project before winter sets in. The Appalachian Trail, which crosses the river there, will be rerouted during the work.

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Why I am voting NO on The Region 1 Budget on May 5 Reply

The arrogance of the A.B.C with their refusal to scrap the ¬†“1/7″ plan

The “bullying” of Falls Village (the A.B.C. obviously did not learn anything about the tactics that cost Region 1 over $400,000 in buy-out and “retirement” money)

No vision, and inactivity over the past two years on the problem of declining enrollment in Region One. Lots of talk, not committees, no plans being developed. It will take several more years to develop and  institute a plan and we just wasted two years.

For those reasons, and the plain fact that the A.B.C. refuses to engage in any compromise, I will vote NO on May 5 to show my displeasure..it seems they (the A.B.C)won’t listen to anything else.

I urge you to vote no as well.

Marshall Miles

Salisbury, CT