Selectmen Ask Legislators for Help In Funding Sherman's Bridge Upgrades
Bob Haarde recommends legislation to help bury utility wires.
Sherman's Bridge is an often used route for motorists traveling between Sudbury and Wayland so they can avoid Route 20 traffic.
According to Sudbury's Board of Selectmen during its Tuesday night meeting, it's so often used that it is overdue for improvement.
The Selectmen asked the town's three legislators — State Sens. Jamie Eldridge and Mike Barrett, and State Rep. Tom Conroy — to help fund those fixes.
"I’d love to see the state help us out with transportation funding, convert it to stone or steel," Chair Larry O'Brien said. "It's nice to see wood, but after 25 years it should change."
Selectman Bob Haarde asked for funding assistance in burying power lines to help save the cost of sending crews out during bad storms.
"Other cities, major cities in the U.S., have laws out there," Haarde said. "If a utitlity company digs a hole, all utilites should be required to work together and get all the utlities underground. It's safer and more reliable."
Haarde brought up Sudbury's sewer project as an example of how this idea could work, helping reduce an estimated $1 million per mile cost.
"There would be a cost reduction," he said. "There would be less money spent for emergency repairs during storms, and it would also serve to beautify area. We need some type of legistlation that says, if a trench is dug, utilities should work together."
Eldridge said he would take a look at that bill.