Traffic along the Route 10 bridge over Forest Lake will soon be reduced to one lane during a multi-month project slated to start next month.
The bridge deck replacement work will begin Jan. 4 and is expected to take five months, according to William Boynton of the N.H. Dept. of Transportation Public Information Office. During the work, the bridge will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic directed by temporary signals.
The bridge is on the state’s so-called “red list,” along with others deemed structurally deficient. The bridge was built in 1900, rebuilt in 1974 and serves, on average, a daily traffic level of 7,000 vehicles, according to Boynton. The upcoming project is estimated to cost $150,000.
With all the heavy truck traffic coming out of the Mitchell quarry headed down to Massachusetts now, it was just a matter of time before another bridge had to be redone to accommodate the loads and extra traffic ..