DUNSTABLE -- Attention, local residents.

Salmon Brook Bridge on Main Street will be shut down for all traffic starting today. The bridge replacement by the state Department of Transportation is expected to last about three months, and the bridge will be closed throughout the period, according to Dunstable Police Chief James Downes.

The bridge is located northwest of the Dunstable Public Library near the intersection of Main Street and Sweet Pond Way. Drivers, including nearby residents coming out of their driveways, are asked to use the following detour routes set up by the DOT.

* Drivers heading to the town center from the north on Main Street will need to take Oak Street and then Depot Street to Pleasant Street.

* Drivers heading north on Main Street toward the state border should take Brook Street and then Depot Street to the north side of the construction site on Main Street.

All detour routes are one-way except for Pleasant Street. Downes said he did not know exactly what time on today the construction will begin, but detour routes will be clearly posted.

The replacement of the 25.6-foot-long concrete bridge costs $1.28 million, according to the information posted on the DOT website.

There will be increased police presence in the area, Downes said.


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