Drift Road brook crossing gets new culvert

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WESTPORT — Sam Tripp Brook is trickling through a big new aluminum culvert as the Drift Road bridge replacement project continues.

Workers lowered the culvert into  the 12-foot deep ditch just over a week ago and are now building the concrete walls that will hold either side of the new bridge.

One of those side walls should be poured this week, a foreman at the worksite said Monday, the other as soon as next week. It will be about two weeks before they start filling in the big ditch.

Tibbetts Engineering of New Bedford is handling the design and engineering work for the $228,000 contract to replace the washed out bridge, and Grove Construction is doing the actual work.

Throughout the project, Drift Road is entirely blocked  near Hixridge Road.

Workers said they will re-use many of the massive cut stones that provided the sides and foundation for the old bridge.

The much smaller culvert beneath the older bridge was damaged and partially blocked by flood water in March of 2010.

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