Originally scheduled to be installed in November, the debut of the new pedestrian bridge over the Charles River has been pushed back to December at the earliest.
Conservation Commission Chairman Leo Martin provided an update on the project during the board’s meeting last week. Martin spoke to officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which oversees the Charles and the area around it.
“The problem is the fabrication of the bridge is ongoing,” Martin said. “Originally a firm from North Carolina was supposed to build it. They threw them out and hired a firm in Boston.”
The new Joseph Thompson Pedestrian Bridge, which will be constructed in two parts, must be galvanized, painted and then installed, Martin said. Two large cranes, one on each side of the river, will lower the two pieces into place, he said. It will go in the same spot that the former bridge was located, west of Watertown Square, past the Watertown Dam. One end is near the DCR’s Dealtry Pool.
When this will happen is not clear, said Assistant Town Manger Steve Magoon.
“Originally it was November, now they are saying December,” Magoon said. “So it may be January.”
The installation may require removal of some trees, Martin said. At least one is expected to be taken down on the Pleasant Street (north) side of the river. It will be replaced, Martin said.