Route 4 Bridge Work Pushed Back

West Lebanon — Reconstruction of a portion of Route 4 in West Lebanon has been postponed several weeks due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a statement from the state’s Department of Transportation.

Utility work planned for the portion of Route 4, also known as Bridge Street, between the bridge and the intersection with Route 10 in West Lebanon will not begin on July 28 as DOT had stated in an earlier release.

Jeff Potter, contract administrator for DOT, said he wasn’t “entirely sure” of the reason for the postponement, but said the subcontractor for the project R. D. Edmunds & Sons Inc. is “doing a bunch of work for the city” and speculated that the reason for the delay in Bridge Street work “is probably something associated with that.”

Lebanon Deputy City Manager Paula Maville said she was unaware of any delays in ongoing utility work in the city.

Dick Edmunds, president of R. D. Edmunds, said he anticipated those involved in the bridge project would meet to discuss the schedule next week before abruptly hanging up the phone.

Potter said a delay of a few weeks in the start of utility work would not shift the schedule for the completion of the $10.7 million bridge project, for which CPM Constructors of Freeport, Maine, is the general contractor.

The bridge itself is scheduled to open in October 2015 and the temporary bridge is scheduled for removal before June 2016, he said.

The improvements to Bridge Street, associated with the larger bridge project, are slated to include the reconstruction of sewer, water and drainage systems, as well as a new roadway base, curbs and pavement, according to DOT.

Once the work begins, DOT has said motorists should expect delays because traffic will be alternating one-way at night and during work hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.