The Bridge Street (aka William Cribari) Bridge is getting ready for the big time.
This summer, surveyors were all over the 131-year-old, much-loved, unique, narrow, creaky and decaying structure. State authorities have marked it for improvements — though exactly what that entails, and when, is unclear.
At the same time, a move is underway to designate it as historic. Such a designation would limit the kinds of improvements that could be made.
The debate will continue — with, no doubt, more public attention and input than it’s received so far.
Whatever happens, this much is sure: It will cost more than the $26,700 the town spent to build it in 1884.
The bridge it replaced was just 13 years old. But it had already been eaten away by shipworms.