Culvert replacement begins

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Portions of Dickey, Academy streets are closed

Workers from Newcon Construction work on Academy Street where a new culvert will soon be put in place over Dickey Brook. It’s the third of five culverts the town plans to replace as part of the master plan for the brook. 

AMHERST – Another piece of the master plan for Dickey Brook is falling into place.

Work has begun to replace the culvert over the brook on Academy Street with a new structure expected in place by the end of the month.

“We are continuing to work on replacing five culverts along the brook. We completed two several years ago and this is the third one,” Amherst’s director of Operational Services Ben Pitman said Tuesday. “It’s all part of the Dickey Brook Master Plan that was approved by council a number of years ago.”

Maritech was awarded the tender to complete the project with Newcon Construction and K.L. Carter and Son Ltd. working as subcontractors.

Pitman said the project will cost about $140,000 with funding coming from the town’s capital budget and the gas tax fund.

“It’s part of our capital program for this summer,” Pitman said. “We hope to have most of the work done by the end of July, but there will likely be a little bit of finishing up required in early August.”

In the meantime, portions of Academy and Dickey Streets are closed to through traffic.

Pitman said the culvert that’s being replaced was in poor shape. He said the corrugated steel was failing and the culvert would eventually collapse if not replaced.

Once complete, the new culvert will look similar to the previous two culverts that were replaced on Rupert and Charles Street and will include a steel railing on each side of the bridge as well as a streetlight.

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