The reconstruction of the Toblin Hill Bridge was a long time coming for both the neighborhood residents, town staff, and the community at large. The collaboration between the neighborhood and town staff shows our DPW at its best, but not without some obstacles along the way.
The Toblin Hill Bridge was constructed as part of the Toblin Hill Estates Subdivision in 1998 by a private developer. A recurring sink hole began appearing in 2015 and after another evaluation in 2016 by MassDOT, part of the bridge was determined to be in a state of failure and was closed to all traffic.
In 2018, the bridge was demolished and soon after in 2019 design options were reviewed for the replacement, with an estimated cost to replace the bridge being over $1 million. Funding became available in 2021, and the design and construction of the bridge was awarded in the Spring of 2022.
Construction was finally able to begin at the start of 2023, after some delays, and the bridge was completed in the Fall of 2023. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the near future, stay tuned!