The proposed recreational river crossing to replace the Schell Memorial Bridge in Northfield would be designed as an homage to the 515-foot steel cantilever truss bridge donated to the town by wealthy summer resident Francis Schell in 1904.
By DAVID RAINVILLE
Wednesday, August, 2014
NORTHFIELD — After the Schell Memorial Bridge is torn down and replaced, the town won’t have any obligation to maintain it.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that it plans to take ownership of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge that is planned to replace the long-closed automobile bridge spanning the Connecticut River.
That means the town won’t be responsible for maintenance and repairs to the new structure, and won’t be held liable for any mishaps that may occur there.