My Route 119 Hinsdale Bridge
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#1 Mar 17, 2013
My Route 119 Hinsdale Bridge
Hinsdale bridge project may be back on the table
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 3:28 pm, Sat Mar 16, 2013.
Hinsdale bridge project may be back on the table By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff
SentinelSource.com | 5 comments
HINSDALE — A longstanding project to replace the two bridges connecting Hinsdale and Brattleboro is getting another push this spring.
The Keene-based Southwest Region Planning Commission is putting the bridges on a priority list it will submit to the state Department of Transportation in April. The department then reviews the lists of regional projects and decides which should go into the state’s 10-year transportation improvement plan. The report gives target dates for when roads and bridges will be fixed, depending on funding.
The most recent proposal calls for a new, multimillion-dollar bridge to be built south of the Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana bridges on Route 119. The old bridges would be kept for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
The two Pennsylvania truss bridges, which were built in the 1920s, are considered “functionally obsolete,” said Joshua “J.B.” Mack, principal planner for the commission. Besides being outdated and not meeting current design standards, they’re narrow, and have height and weight limitations, he said.
Hinsdale Selectmen Vice Chairman Michael J. Darcy said Hinsdale and Brattleboro are a shared community, and not having an up-to-date bridge over the Connecticut River isn’t good for the viability of both towns.
“We share most everything,” he said.“My family is a great example, where my wife works on the other side of the river, and we live over here. That is the way it is for a lot of people in the area.”
While Hinsdale has its own fire department, it contracts with Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro for ambulance service, and the nearest hospital to the town is Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, he said.
In addition, the Hinsdale and Brattleboro fire departments rely on each other for mutual aid, he said.
#3 Mar 17, 2013
A Plea To President Obama For A New Bridge.
Hmm, I usually do my protesting in the fall. I might now start back up in the spring...
My routine has gotten much better...I give perfect military salutes, throw kisses at all the pretty women and bless all the overweight tractor trailer truck driver as the all vehicle pass by me...
10,000 vehicle past me by a day...I got the NH DOT to update their data on my first year protesting on the bridge.
Is President Obama answering me...
#4 Mar 17, 2013
Glad to see that your still at it mike. Good work. I left a comment on the blog.
#5 Mar 18, 2013
Thank you for your nice comment. I am just the local road PR pipsqueak...there are a local and state big dog political officials doing the heavy lifting.
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