Duxbury: Bridge issue forces an increase in beach sticker costs; litter bylaw proposed

The Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury, which allows beach access, can now only hold eight tons, according to a Mass. Department of Transportation inspection, restricting emergency vehicles from using the bridge.

In order to fiber wrap the 160 wooden pillars that are considered severely corroded and repair other bearings, $10 will be added to beach sticker fees for Duxbury residents.

Though the bridge repair also requires a town meeting vote to borrow additional money, Selectmen Chair Shawn Dahlen believes the tax increase will be minor, “Probably Duxbury Bridge is the second biggest icon in Duxbury in terms of what people enjoy to use. You know, it’s really part of the character of the community. The fact that it’s not adding to the tax base I would be surprised if wasn’t almost unanimous at town meeting.”

According to the Duxbury Bridge Committee, vehicle traffic will be minimally disrupted. This is the 2nd beach fee increase in three years.

Also, littering in Duxbury may be punishable by a $100 fine after the March annual town meeting. Monday night, Duxbury Selectmen voted to recommend approval of a warrant article pertaining to illegal trash disposal.

Chair Dahlen believes Duxbury doesn’t have a significant litter problem but a new bylaw could cleanup some messes, “There have been situations, I’m aware of, years ago where people when the dump was closed, for example, just drove down Mayflower Street, backed into one of the dirt roads and dropped all of their debris there. So this gives the town an opportunity to say, ‘Hey wait a minute.’”

According to the Duxbury Selectmen, the town currently lacks an ‘enforcement tool’ when it comes to littering.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.