Kingston Selectmen unanimously approved a tree removal/replacement plan for Elm Street. This will allow Elm Street to be widened to meet federal standards and the new $3.5 million bridge will be paid for by a combination of state and federal stimulus money.
For more than 20 years, motorists have crossed Kingston’s Jones River at Elm Street over a temporary bridge that allows one-way, alternating traffic. Fifteen years ago, the project made it to the top of the state’s bridge replacement list. Kingstonians could not agree on the details and the project fell to the bottom of the list. Some residents want nothing more than a wooden, two-lane bridge.
At a recent selectmen’s meeting another standoff looked imminent until town planner Tom Bott said the state would replant trees and named the best species for the site.