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A bridge conundrum

CORNWALL — Aesthetics at the Cogswell Road bridge culvert, where guardrail work was done last summer, continues as an issue for residents. 

Several attended the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 6, conducted by Zoom.

Some expressed opinions at the meeting. Most were willing to give the problem’s resolution some time to develop into the best solution.

Some design ideas favor removal of the galvanized steel rails and substituting wood beams while utilizing the posts that are sealed in cement; others are considering paint colors. 

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway is looking into whether it is even possible to paint the steel and have the paint adhere.

Bruce Bennett, a town resident and landscape designer, saw the issue as one of how to make the bridge better and “less silvery.” He felt that galvanized steel can be painted over successfully.

Wanting to propose more than rail removal and painting, town resident and professional garden writer Jane Garmey said that the neighbors will convene and present a plan to the town.

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