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Posted on: September 28, 2018

Three-Month Beech Street Bridge Replacement Underway

Bridge Construction Ahead

PUBLIC NOTICE:  Upcoming Beech Street Bridge Replacement

A project to replace the deteriorated single lane Beech St Bridge to Simard Payne Park over the lower canal began October 3, 2018, by contractor Reed and Reed.  The 53-foot span will be replaced with a two-lane bridge on new concrete abutments with a concrete bridge deck.  The new bridge will be a prefabricated truss bridge designed to match the former train trestle on the other side of the park as recommended by the Historic Preservation Review Board. The bridge is currently being manufactured in Alabama by Contech to be delivered in pieces and assembled on site, then set in place with a large crane in one piece.  

Starting October 3rd until the end of December, there will be disruptions to Oxford St and access to Simard Payne Park.  Oxford St between Chestnut St and Cross St will be closed to traffic for this 3-month period.  A temporary vehicle access to the park for passenger cars only will be installed over the pedestrian bridge on Oxford St with vehicles allowed to enter from the Cross St side.  During this period, electrical and water service to the park will also be cut off affecting the path lighting.

The new bridge is planned to be open by December 31st. This project is a huge step toward future improvements to Simard Payne Park, allowing for expanded activities and events.  It also provides proper access for trucks, cars, and emergency vehicles to access the mill at 35 Beech St and the future Museum LA.  For more information, please contact Project Engineer Jeff Beaule at 513-3003 or


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