On May 13, 2019 Mass DOT and their engineering consultant, WSP, appeared at a public meeting in Northfield and presented their choice for the final design of the Schell Bridge replacement. The design is a graceful, steel-tied arch. It is one of the three finalist designs presented last year, and the one most favorably accepted (by a wide margin) by the town residents input.
The above graphic is a representation of the profile of the design. The graphic below is a representation of the view from the bridge.
MassDOT, the builder of the bridge, plans to provide comprehensive historical commemoration of the old, historic Schell Bridge, and requests the Northfield community to help determine what aspects of the Schell to commemorate. The graphic below is one representation of what part of this historic attention could be.
The next step of the detailed design is expected to be completed in 6-9 months, and MassDOT will give an update at that time. Advertising for a construction contractor will take place in 2021, and construction of the the bridge will be in 2022 and 2023.
Friends of Schell Bridge a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation ¦ P.O. Box 27, Northfield, MA 01360 ¦ info@SchellBridge.org