Business group lobbies for Vt.-NH bri...

Business group lobbies for Vt.-NH bridge repairs

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South Burlington, VT

#1 Sep 4, 2013
Business group lobbies for Vt.-NH bridge repairs

http://www.wcax.com/story/23336874/business-g...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Sep 5, 2013
"The bridge has been on New Hampshire's Red List of troubled bridges for more than 20 years, but there are no immediate plans to repair it, partly because of funding challenges and nearby travel alternatives"

So after the Hinsdale bridge goes on the red list it will be 20 years.

A river like this should be half owned by each state...split the replacement and maintenance in half.
flat lander

United States

#3 Sep 5, 2013
What is holding this project up is the Howard Dean toll booth ?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Sep 7, 2013
I don’t think they are equivalent bridges…they don’t serve the same number of people and have the same value of emergency need?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Sep 7, 2013
Remember, them, 4600 vehicles a day (us 10,000), another bridge less than mile from dead Vallus bridge. Little population or economics near the Vallus bridge.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Oct 23, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
"The bridge has been on New Hampshire's Red List of troubled bridges for more than 20 years, but there are no immediate plans to repair it, partly because of funding challenges and nearby travel alternatives"
So after the Hinsdale bridge goes on the red list it will be 20 years.
A river like this should be half owned by each state...split the replacement and maintenance in half.
A river like this should be half owned by each state...split the replacement and maintenance in half.
Hmm?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Oct 23, 2013
The SWRPC recommended last April, in a letter to NHDOT Commissioner Christopher Clement, that “if funding does become available for these projects, the SWRPC feels that it is appropriate for NHDOT to consider negotiation with the state of Vermont for that State to assume a higher cost share of the Vilas Bridge project connecting Walpole and Rockingham, Vt.”

“The basis for this recommendation is that the level of need and demand for this project by the communities and businesses of Vermont is every bit as strong as that of New Hampshire,” the letter explained.

Mack said,“I think New Hampshire is well aware of all these issues, and DOT is aware.”

According to Rockingham Development Director Francis “Dutch” Walsh, he and other business leaders are meeting with lawmakers and government officials on both sides of the river to find money for the project.

There is a possibility that Vermont will be able to contribute more to the project, he said.

Mack said that talks are happening “behind the scenes,” noting that the two states share “a number of crossings,” including the Vilas Bridge.

Mack noted that “it’s the nature of sharing a bridge that it’s part of their job to coordinate the capital improvement of these bridges that are either closed or on their way to failing.”

According to Mack, New Hampshire State Representative Lucy Weber, D-Walpole, is looking at sponsoring a bill that “would allow the two states to shift the cost structure of how the bridge is paid for.”

“But I am not sure it is actually necessary — just as a precautionary measure — if Vermont is able to pay more, closer to 50 percent of bridge.”
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#9 Oct 23, 2013
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