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Rail Trail work eyed for spring

'Hopefully, by summertime the work will be done'

Piles of removed rail ties line one side of the cleared section in Southbridge. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
February 14, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — When work resumes this spring on the Titanic Rail Trail, local officials say it will be done in-house for a fraction of what it would have cost otherwise.

According to Town Manager Christopher Clark and DPW Director Tom Daley, Daley himself drew up the designs for the trail's two bridges and DPW crews will be building them.

"The value of the design is $15,000 to $18,000, and we got it for $3,000," Daley said, noting that expense came from having it specifically reviewed by a bridge engineer. The construction itself will cost about $25,000, with the wood already on order from Morse Lumber and used steel from nearby Industrial Dismantling, he said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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