The National Park Service this week recognized MassDOT Highway District 1 in the Berkshires and District Bridge Coordinator Ed Lausier, left, as a "Conservation Hero" for the cooperative and adaptive approach used to design and replace the culvert at Shaker Mill Brook, McNerney Road, in Becket.
The culvert was part of the $850,000 McNerney Road Bridge replacement project funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) to repair structurally-deficient bridges. The former bridge over Shaker Mill Brook was closed in 2007 following a bridge inspection.
Shaker Mill Brook is designated a Wild and Scenic River and construction required National Park Service approval. MassDOT Highway District 1 reached out to the Park Service in the design phase for early environmental coordination.
As a result, the bridge opening was expanded to provide for bank full flow width. Lausier worked with the Park Service to develop a stream restoration plan that provided partial rock dams and plunge pools to allow for fish passage upstream through the new bridge.
Congratulations to Ed along with MassDOT District 1 employees and project contractor Roach & Sons for the honors.
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