Another delay for Airline Trail Bridge
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Andover - posted Tue., Dec. 6, 2011
It was no real surprise to folks who have followed the saga of the Andover Airline Trail Bridge over the past decade, but the installment of the bridge was postponed from its tentative Dec. 3 date. The bridge has been beset by delays since it was first funded in 2001. Politics, lawsuits and a variety of other factors have kept the project from coming to fruition.
But the end is in sight. The majority of the bridge, manufactured in Elmira, N.Y., and transported down in three different sections, is currently located along Route 6, not far from its permanent location. When it is lowered into place, the bridge will fill a dangerous gap along the trail that has required hikers, bikers and other trail users to clamber down a rocky embankment and trek across a busy Route 316.
“No new date set… still waiting for flooring,” said self-described town crier Dianne Grenier in an e-mail on Dec. 4. “It’s being kiln-dried in Georgia. No estimated ETA.”
After the installation of flooring, roofing, protective screening, gutters and railings, the completed bridge will weigh an estimated 125,000 pounds. It will be lowered into place atop old railroad abutments on either side of Route 316 by a 500-ton crane. Check Andover’s new website at www.andoverconnecticut.org for updates regarding the installation.