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Vermont town rejects Bellows Falls bridge replacement plan

September 30, 2018

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Vermont town officials are pushing back against a state suggestion to rebuild one of two bridges connecting the village of Bellows Falls to a nearby island.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Rockingham Select Board rejected a plan to rehabilitate the Bridge Street Bridge and convert the Depot Street Bridge into a pedestrian walkway.

The bridges connect to The Island, and Rockingham Town Manager Wendy Harrison says the state’s plan would limit redevelopment of the area.

The Bridge Street Bridge was built in 1927, and the Depot Street Bridge was built in 1909. Federal officials say both need to be replaced.

Rockingham Public Works Director Everett Hammond says the town should push to rebuild both bridges as a long-term solution.

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