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Vt. offers N.H. proposal on closed bridge in Walpole

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has offered a proposal to New Hampshire on fixing a deteriorating bridge that connects the states.

The 635-foot-long Vilas Bridge connecting Bellows Falls, Vt., with Walpole closed in 2009 after it was deemed unsafe. New Hampshire owns 93 percent and is responsible for that percentage of maintenance. It has said the proximity of another bridge and budgetary limitations make renovations unfeasible.

Vermont Transportation Deputy Secretary Sue Minter told the Brattleboro Reformer the transportation commissioners in both states have talked about a Vermont offer to finance repairs on the condition that in the future, New Hampshire helps pay for repairs to other bridges spanning the Connecticut River.

“For New Hampshire, this bridge is in the middle of a very difficult revenue problem they’re having, and (the Vilas) is not a high priority,” she said.

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