Despite pushback, New Milford moving ahead with two-lane bridge plan on Cherniske Road

After months of heated debate and pushback from residents, New Milford is moving ahead with plans for a two-lane bridge on Cherniske Road. The Town Council, by a 6-to-3 vote, authorized design work to be completed toward widening the bridge for two lanes on the scenic road. While the town could put $600,000 in federal funds toward the bridge, a two-lane bridge, which costs about $1.6 million, would qualify for a 50 percent state grant, bringing the total cost to $230,000. The state will not reimburse for a one-lane bridge, saying it’s functionally obsolete. Once the engineer brings the design of the bridge to public works, which Bass said will take about two or three weeks, the Town Council will set up a scenic road committee. The state application for the grant for the permanent bridge is May 31. Construction is expected to take place in 2023.

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