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    EAST BRIDGEWATER

    State paying for replacing Pond Street bridge

    East Bridgewater plans to replace an aging bridge on Pond Street through a $497,000 grant recently awarded to the town by the state Department of Transportation.

    The funding, which is being provided through the state’s Municipal Small Bridge Program, will pay the entire cost of the project, including design, engineering, permitting, and construction, according to John B. Haines, the town’s public works director.

    The Department of Public Works successfully applied for the grant, making East Bridgewater one of only 12 communities selected in the current funding round.

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    Located near 502 Pond St., between Sawmill Cove and Ousamequin Pines, the bridge crosses the outlet to Robbins Pond. As part of the project, two metal arches will be replaced with concrete boxes, and upgrades will be made to the road, the road shoulders, and a water main.

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    No timetable has yet been set for the work.

    In 2014, East Bridgewater hired an engineering firm to evaluate the condition of 17 bridges and culverts and prioritize projects to repair or replace them. The Pond Street Bridge was among those identified as needing replacement or repairs.

    Three other projects were undertaken last year with town funding.

    John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.