Jamaica bridge replacement affects Transfer Station

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JAMAICA — Residents will temporarily take trash and recycling to the Masonic Lodge on Main Street while a bridge near the Transfer Station is replaced.

"It's a bridge technically but it looks like an over-road culvert," said Select Board Chairman Paul Fraser. "We've been trying to get the state to let us replace this bridge for years."

The opportunity is now available. The town received about $175,000 via a structures grant provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The remaining 15 or 20 percent of the project will be covered by the town.

The bridge, located at the base of Castle Hill Road, flooded over during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 but it was not destroyed.

"The state came out last year or so and jacked it up to a priority. That's how we got a grant," said Fraser.

Work associated with replacing the bridge is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 12. The Transfer Station will be closed for four weeks.

Containers at the Masonic Lodge will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays, then 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays.

"They should be out of there Monday, Oct. 3," said Fraser. "We should be back in gear after that."

The reason for only having the containers out three days a week is "because we don't want to attract bears and stuff," he said. No demolition materials, electronics or metal will be accepted during the bridge closure.

Select Board member Judy Flower said the scheduling change reduces the open hours by two half days.

"We are only able to do recyclables, which consists of paper and plastic and tin or cans. And that will be single streamed. What that means is we don't have to separate them for this time frame," she said.

The other container will be for trash or household waste.

Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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