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Work begins to replace Atlantic Avenue bridge

04/25/16 - Cohasset, MA - Rust plagues the bottom of the Cunningham Bridge in Cohasset - built originally in 1891 then rebuilt in 1962 - which is up for another renovation if the town's five selectman, including Ralph Dormitzer (cq) who's opposed to the reconstruction, approve the $4 million grant for the job next Monday. (Jamie Cotten/For The Boston Globe) section: Regional reporter: seltzj

Globe File 2016

The rusty bottom of the Cunningham Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in Cohasset.

Cunningham Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in Cohasset is coming down, with demolition scheduled to be complete by Sept. 12 and a new bridge going up in its place.

In the meantime, vehicles and pedestrians will have to find other ways to get across the Little Harbor inlet, just down the road from popular Sandy Beach.

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Officials said traffic will be detoured until June 30, 2018.

The state is building and paying for the new $6.25 million span, after determining that the existing one had structural problems and didn’t meet current safety standards.

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The old bridge dated from 1962, and had replaced one from the 1890s.

Some neighbors and local officials had objected to the new design and to the lengthy detour during the construction.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.
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