Residents urged to stay off Waterport bridge under construction

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 May 2014 at 12:00 am

WATERPORT – A bridge over Lake Alice has been blocked off from motorists so contractors can make repairs to the site over the next five to six months. But the barriers haven’t stopping residents from fishing and jumping from the bridge into the water.

Many people were spotted over the weekend on the bridge. Cameras have been installed and residents are warned they could be arrested if they are on the bridge before the construction project is complete, said Jennifer Vazquez, the construction inspector for Labella Associates.

“It’s for everyone’s safety,” she said this morning.

Keeler Construction of Barre will work on $1.5 million in repairs and preventive maintenance on the Waterport Road bridge over Oak Orchard Creek. The 700-foot-long bridge has been popular for fishermen and thrill-seekers.

Concrete barriers have been placed at the ends of the bridge to block motorists, but pedestrians are still getting on the bridge. Vazquez urged them to stay off until the project is done.