My Route 119 Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Sep 7, 2012
Planning commissions hope to restart Brattleboro to Hinsdale bridge project
By DOMENIC POLI / Reformer Staffreformer.com
Posted: 09/07/2012 03:00:00 AM EDT
September 7, 2012 11:44 AM GMTUpdated: 09/07/2012 07:44:58 AM EDT
Friday September 7, 2012
HINSDALE, N.H.-- A project to replace the two bridges linking the town to Brattleboro, Vt., is one step closer to becoming a reality as a mandatory environmental assessment has been completed and sent to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval.
New Hampshire, Vermont and two regional planning commissions are have been pushing for a proposed Route 119 replacement bridge that would span the Connecticut River, starting near the stop light at the old WalMart location and landing near the Merrill Gas Company tank farm on Vernon Road.
No one involved with the project was sure when the two bridges, located near Brattleboro's "malfunction junction," will be built, but all said there is a lot of support for a replacement.
Dan Landry, the project manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, said VTrans hired two consulting firms to conduct an assessment in the area of the tank farm, which is required to go to the FHWA before the federal government obligates money to the project.
Landry said the assessments consisted of field work to determine how various aspects, such as water quality, wetlands, recreational resources and historical resources, will be affected by the project. If the FHWA approves the assessment, it will send the agency a Finding Of No Significant Impact, or FONSI.
The National Environmental Policy Act requires an environmental document for any project, no matter its size or scale, Landry said.
He said extremely tiny projects are considered "categorical exclusions" while environmental assessments must be conducted when it is unknown what the environmental cost will be. When it is known what sort of effect the project will have, an environmental impact statement is required before entering the design phase.
Though the federal government can obligate money for the project at any time, preliminary engineering cannot begin until a bi-state agreement is reached between New Hampshire -- the lead on this project -- and Vermont. Dandry said a bi-state agreement is nothing more than a plan of what will be done, what work will be required of each party and what it will cost each side.
"We have a very good working relationship with New Hampshire," Landry said.
Matt Mann, a senior planner at the Windham Regional Commission, said the environmental assessment was "a big step forward" for the project.
A meeting between Southwest Region Planning Commission and the Cheshire County delegation is in the works but nothing has been planned yet.
JB Mack, a principal planner with SWRPC, said he is in the process of organizing the meeting. He said both towns are eager to develop a replacement bridge. Though it has always been a priority with the SWRPC, Mack said the project did not make it onto New Hampshire's 10-year plan in 2011.
Mack said he believes the cost of the project will run between $37 and $38 million.
"The price tag keeps fluctuating," he said.
A tight budget forced a hold on multiple infrastructure projects in the county. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation released an updated 10-year plan last year, calling for a delay of almost 50 improvements and new construction projects in the state. The plan, the Reformer previously reported, puts more than 30 major projects at risk between 2012 and 2020.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Sep 7, 2012
The replacement bridge was one of the projects dropped due to budget cuts, along with reconstruction of Route 12 between Walpole and Charlestown and improvements on the multi-use trail bridge between Keene and Swanzey.
Mann said there is an attempt to get the replacement bridge back onto New Hampshire's 10-year plan. He said the local governments have reconfirmed their support of finding an alternative location over the Merrill Gas tank farm, the preferred spot.
As Merrill is a private company on Depot Street, right-of-way negotiations will have to be held, Landry said. He said the existing bridges will likely be used for pedestrians.
Donald Lyford, the NHDOT's project manager, said the completion of the assessment is an important step in the right direction but the department must get a hold of the necessary money to get it done.
"We need to find funding to be able to continue with it," he said. "It all comes down to funding."
Rep. William Butynski (D-Hinsdale, Chesterfield, Winchester) said a replacement bridge will be "tremendously important" to reinvigorating the economic development of Hinsdale by bringing more traffic into the town.
flat lander

United States

#3 Sep 8, 2012
MIKE short version is N.H. controls the river; N.H. controls the bridge; VT. is in charge of the looks and design including the charm [for the post cards] so they think. Bottom line is when N. H. feels like 12 years ago they will start. If they use 2 workers to build it when they get to VT. side they will have to put up a detour till Vt. figures out what to do.
Wallyworld

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Sep 8, 2012
NH won't purposefully try to make it hard for VT to get across, they want VT'ers to keep shopping on their side of the river!
DontBlameMe IBeen4RonPaul

Newton Center, MA

#5 Sep 8, 2012
nonetheless if the bridge were to be out* for some time that would be a good thing, mom & pop stores on the Vermont side would benefit and sheeple hindered from getting to the evil Walmart they stupidly patronize

*if mulligan's crazed worry of rust causing a collapse of it happened to come true now it would be friggin hilarious!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Sep 9, 2012
A few days ago I got a so called Obama campaign worker call...he wanted me to go around as a volunteer to knock on doors. He implied I put my name on some list so that was why he is calling me. We talked for a little while, and I said what the heck. He asked me to meet him Sunday in Winchester. I thought we were going in a group...it was only him and me. I got another call from him an hour later...this time he invited me for a drive around in Chesterfield tomorrow, Saturday.

This 24 year old campaign worker grew up in Orange County California... near San Diego. I am so fucking old compared him. I don't feel that old...except when I was near him. He is a political science major just graduating from Northern University. Duh! When I first got into his new car he had on his style music blaring when he started it up. He quickly switched it to the 1970's crap I away listen to. I really wanted to listen to his young music and feel hip for a little while. He was a very nice Jewish young man and i am sure his parents are proud as hell over what they did to him. He worked recently in a few high tech firms...the last job in Manhattan. He seemed to be disillusioned with chasing the bucks. He wants to live a life with meaning and doing good.

We went to about 10 houses in Chesterfield...a high income area. Maybe 70% of the stops
had empty homes. I don't know, maybe we talked to two or three homes that had people in them. My buddy seemed to be in state of shock coping and adapting to our rural ways...seemed he lived always in a high population area. It seems he was new to the area and was in a little dazed state. It brought me back to my dazed state when I was new in the area.

We went to about 10 houses in Chesterfield...a high income area. Maybe 70% of the stops
had empty homes. I don't know, maybe we talked to two or three homes that had people in them. My buddy seemed to be in state of shock coping and adapting to our rural ways...seemed he lived always in a high population area. It seems he was new to the area and was in a little dazed state. It brought me back to my dazed state when I was new in the area.

I find out he really wasn't working on the Obama campaign staff...he was a subcontractor working for the Democrat committee. He talks about needing 9 points of contacts to get a vote. He's got some kind of formula for choosing the houses we visit...I am checking off the houses on a computer generated numbered page on a clip board. He is carrying two lap tops, one his own and another his company owns. I wonder how many cell phones and other PDA devices he's got on him. He is using a nice GPS device on his dashboard to get us to the right house. He's got New York plates on his new smelling car.

He says our job is to explain how Obama has helped each one of us. He knows I have been hopelessly unemployed for many years and I tell him I will probably never make another dime on a job in my life. I tell him you are going to have to help me find a way to explain how Obama has help me...I propose it is how Obama has given me hope. We talk about my diabetes, seems he once worked for a firm who was studying diabetes drug related public opinion research.

Oh man, if I could only be 24 years old again with his bright world ahead of him...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Sep 9, 2012
So this is all simmering around my 1 year anniversary of going out there with my signs to this bridge...the recent newspaper story about the bridge didn't help.

SO I am thinking, they got 10,000 cars going on this bridge every day...I am a local folk hero over this bridge and me tilting crazily over windmills (HBO's The Newsroom)...

I am thinking, you know, i could plant my ass over at this bridge till elections...elevate the plight of us and the bridge...get the NH obama campaign staff involved, get a few big Obama signs out there in the bridge and just raise hell over this bridge till the elections...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Sep 9, 2012
"I will just give him another 10 cookies."
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#9 Sep 9, 2012
See, I don't want to follow some unproductive computer models to get votes for Obama...I want to use Obama's stature to make the lives of my community better...

That is the real way to get real votes...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Sep 9, 2012
I know we live in the podunks and we have a too few population for anyone to care about us...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Sep 9, 2012
You know, I could swing around all the ideals of the conventions and Obama into the dilapidated bridge.

I would say, see this dilapidated bridge over here is directly brought to you by the mean and selfish NH teabagger republicanism...this is what America would look like with president Ryan and Romney...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Sep 9, 2012
My heart is so immersed in the meaning of this podunk bridge...help me elevate the discussion of this bridge and my dilapidated life.

We need a new bridge to the future and i need hope that our nation can repair my worthless life.

This is personal...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#13 Sep 9, 2012
The grammar and high school with the kids have extensively talked about the crazy man with a sign trying to build a new Hinsdal bridge. Most don't get it, they think I panhandling for booze. My daughter first seen it she thought I was a panhandler and she was shocked and embarrassed that it was her dad. My poor 11 grade boy at his school has had his friends extensively talk about why his dad is protesting at the bride...he has overheard the negative talk from his peers at school. Please help my poor son see that I am not crazy like they say and useless...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Sep 9, 2012
There is a disgusting homeless encampment 25 yards from where I hold up my signs. Two people all summer have been there. At times I think I am one sneeze away from tenting out there. Certainly this encampment has been always in the front of my mind and I always talk about this in discussing the plight of the bridge.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#15 Sep 9, 2012
I knew we were going to do that computer drive around. My dream of political action would be like this. Go around to the especially poor and middle class section...tell them I am from the Obama's staff...offer to help them in any way possible. Like take you to see a doctor, go shopping, is there something in your house we can fix, or any like help. Just gives us a call and we will be there to pick you up. Be a presence of good in my community's life. I think if you do them this kind of favors to people they will vote for you...word of mouth to their friend. I think if you do one favor for a vulnerable person you get ten votes, but I don't get a special computer model to prove this.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Sep 9, 2012
I would like them to get their staff into my bridge issue... young, college and school people... to feel what it is like to put protest and stand up for what you believe. I want you to feel what it is like for a woman to throw you a kiss from her car, to get an assortment of people to throw a salute at you, to get a big burly tractor trailer driver to crack up as you throw him a trinity "The Father, Son and Holy Ghost absolution for all his truck driving sins and just before he takes a huge chance to enter that rickety unsafe bridge with a overloaded double logging tractor trailer trailer.

I think it is an invaluable experience to see and feel the significant hostility of a very anger population...sticking up their middle fingers and the screaming epithets at you. There is a lot of this there. I think that this negative experiance is the best experience you can get out on my bridge...to control your emotion under this and to be bigger than this type of anger.

My antics include:

1) throw kisses at pretty women driving cars from the sidewalk...you get a lot of fast women anticipating this and throwing kisses back at you. You have to be prepared for the unexpected males in cars throwing kisses back at you.

2)Learn a proper military salute with a straight unbashful ramrod spine...to give Americans a salute for the hard work they do being Americans.

3)Throw a hand trinity priest blessing of "the father, the son and the holy ghost" at the truck drivers just before entering the bridge...be prepared to run!

4)Get creative and invent your own route 119 bridge positive hand salute...(no middle finger ever)

5) This is not my bridge, its our bridge and actions...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Sep 9, 2012
Sep 13 2011 You tube: Mike Mulligan and the Hinsdale Route 119 bridge


Ibrat: Mike Mulligan and the Route 119 Bridge to Hinsdale
http://www.ibrattleboro.com/article.php/20110...

My diary of last year adventures: Brattleboro/ Hinsdale Bridge Unsafe
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brattleboro-v...

My hopes: 2012: Brattleboro/ Hinsdale Bridge Unsafe
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brattleboro-v...

My Route 119 Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brattleboro-v...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#18 Sep 9, 2012
Come on, come see Americana with me...come see the real America with me.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Sep 10, 2012
Day one back to my station at the foot of the Route 119 Hinsdale bridge with my sign...

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