Topsham seeks public input on Androscoggin Riverwalk

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TOPSHAM — The design of the town’s portion of the Androscoggin Riverwalk will be the focus of a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 13.

The project will run from the northern end of the Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge to the Summer Street sidewalk. It will ultimately allow safe access from the Swinging Bridge to Main Street, and across the Androscoggin River and into Brunswick via the Frank J. Wood Bridge, also known as the “Green Bridge.”

A future section in Brunswick would link the two bridges.

The Board of Selectmen in October awarded a $12,000 contract to the Wright-Pierce engineering firm for design work on Topsham’s portion of the Riverwalk. The panel also authorized Town Manager Jim Ashe to sign an agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation to start the design phase, which is to be followed by construction next spring or summer.

DOT will provide 80 percent of the total $120,000 anticipated cost of the town’s portion of the project. The Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk advisory committee raised the 20 percent local match of $24,000 for Topsham’s part of the project.

The Dec. 13 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Topsham Municipal Building meeting room. Representatives of the town and the Androscoggin Riverwalk Committee will be present, as well as the town’s consulting design engineer.

Contact Planning Director Rich Roedner at 725-1724 or [email protected] for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or [email protected].

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.