THOMASTON — The state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the rehabilitation — or replacement — of a 55-year-old Route 8 bridge in Thomaston that is in poor condition.

The public information meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Lena Morton Gallery at Town Hall, 158 Main St. in Thomaston. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the same time and place.

The bridge carries southbound Route 8 over Reynolds Bridge Road. The 2015 estimated average daily traffic is approximately 16,500 vehicles.

“The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate Bridge 01729, which was originally constructed in 1964. The project is being initiated to address the structural deficiencies of the existing structure to improve the condition of the bridge to a state of good repair. Bridge 01729 carries Route 8 Southbound with two lanes of traffic,” DOT said in a release.

“A full superstructure replacement is recommended due to the deterioration of the existing concrete bridge deck and impact damage to structural components, with components of the existing bridge rated to be in poor condition.”

One lane of traffic will be maintained on Route 8 throughout construction.

Reynolds Bridge Road may be intermittently closed and traffic detoured for short durations while the bridge is removed and replaced. There are no right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements.

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall of 2021 based on the availability of funding.

The construction is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2022.

The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $3.3 million. The construction of this project is anticipated to be undertaken with 100-percent state funds.

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