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June 24th, 2013

Drawbridge to Get New Driving Surface

The Kernwood Bridge, which crosses the Danvers River and connects Salem and Beverly.

The pockmarked surface of the Kernwood Bridge will be repaired this summer, according to a letter from Transportation Secretary Richard Davey to Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem News reports.

The bridge connects North Salem to the Ryal Side neighborhood of Beverly over the Danvers River. It is a swing-style drawbridge and the drawbridge portion of the bridge underwent repairs earlier this year too.

The bridge is owned and operated by the MassDOT.

No start date has been announced for the work, the News said.

The work was proposed after Driscoll contacted the state Department of Transportation and ask asked about repairs plans for the bridge, she told the News. MassDOT was “responsive,” she said.

The repair will entail adding an “asphalt-rubber material” to the road surface on the bridge, a material that will work on the existing asphalt and also the wooden planks that form portions of the bridge deck.