Although the cause was actually an unsafe culvert as opposed to an actual bridge, the closure still caused significant inconvenience for many commuters and retailers.
Seeking a rapid fix, residents had asked the town to build a temporary bridge until the old culvert could be replaced, but officials determined that, due to a number of factors, it would not be feasible or cost-effective.
At the April Town Meeting, voters approved $325,000 to build a new culvert. After receiving nine bids, town officials recently awarded the contract to a Quincy-based company, Kenefick Corp. The project, which is slated to start sometime this summer, will also include paving and grading the road and installing new guardrails.