As the town continues taking the steps necessary for securing a permanent bridge on Cherniske Road, preparations for installing a temporary bridge began this week. The temporary bridge will be open to first responders only. The one-lane, temporary bridge was delivered by the contractor M&O Construction, who began working on the abutments on Monday. The purpose of installing a temporary bridge, Bass said, is “to give our first responders quicker access to that area.” Following an evaluation by the town, the bridge on Cherniske Road received a poor rating in 2017, and despite the town’s efforts to repair it, it continued deteriorating until the town closed it in January 2021. Once the temporary bridge is installed, the contractor will work with engineers and other officials to finalize the permanent bridge. Bass said the permanent bridge project still hasn’t gone out to bid, and the town is working with its engineers on this project.