Topsham selectmen award contract for Androscoggin Riverwalk design

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TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen awarded a $12,000 contract to the Wright-Pierce engineering firm for design work on the town’s portion of the Androscoggin Riverwalk.

The board on Oct. 21 also authorized Town Manager Jim Ashe to sign an agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation to begin the design phase, 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 Topsham-Brunswick project.

Town Planner Rich Roedner said Monday that the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk advisory committee raised the 20 percent local match of $24,000 for Topsham’s piece of the project. DOT is funding the other $96,000.

The Riverwalk will link the Frank J. Wood Bridge, known also as the “Green Bridge,” to the Swinging Bridge that spans the Androscoggin River. The 1.25-mile route will include sidewalks in more urban portions, benches near scenic vistas and directional and informational signs.

Wright-Pierce was one of four firms to submit proposals. Each was reviewed by a committee including Roedner, Public Works Director Rob Pontau and Parks and Recreation Director Pam Leduc, as well as members of the Riverwalk committee.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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