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Posted on: December 16, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Proposed Conceptual Plans for the Mill Street Bridge over the Mill River

Proposed Conceptual Plans for the Mill Street Bridge over the Mill River, aka Puffers Pond Bridge

The bridge over the Mill River below the Puffer’s Pond dam has been closed to motor vehicles for many months after an inspection by state officials found the structure unsafe. The town has obtained the services of CDMSmith to examine the bridge and evaluate the following options:
1. Take no action on the bridge; continue to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use the bridge.
2. Improve the bridge but only for bicyclists and pedestrians.
3. Rebuild the bridge as a one-lane vehicular bridge with an accommodation for bicycles and pedestrians
4. Rebuild the bridge as a two-lane vehicular bridge with sidewalk.

CDMSmith has completed their examination of the options and have developed possible bridge cross sections for each of the options. These cross sections are based on Massachusetts DOT and Federal Highway standards. These conceptual plans (5 total) and the existing bridge cross section can be found on the Town of Amherst’s web page at the following link:

Public Comment:

Public comment on the conceptual plans can be made in two ways:
1. By writing to the Amherst Department of Public Works at the address above or at All comments will be added to the projects website so that they are available to the public.

2. By attending the public hearing that the Public Works Committee will hold on January 9, 2014 in the Glass Room at the Bangs Center.

The Public Works Committee will review the options and public comments and recommend one of several choices.

1. To accept one of the conceptual plans for recommendation to the Select Board
2. To revise one or more of the conceptual plans based on comments or other information
3. Reject all the conceptual plans and start over.

For questions or additional information contact the DPW office at 259-3050 ext 0, or email the DPW at

Time of issue: 12/16/2013, 11:00 AM
Issued by: Guilford B. Mooring, PE
Superintendent of Public Works

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