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Officials say the retaining wall on Bonnyvale Road has been failing for years.

BRATTLEBORO >> An estimated $262,000 infrastructure project just received a financial shot in the arm.

"We're pleased to have been notified last Friday that the state is awarding the town of Brattleboro a structures grant to pay for the cost of replacing the retaining wall on Bonnyvale Road," said Select Board Chairman David Gartenstein at a meeting Tuesday. "This $175,000 goes a long way in getting it done."

He said the budget approved at annual Representative Town Meeting in March included "significant funds" — $150,000 from the unassigned general fund — to help with replacing the wall that has been failing for years. But not all the money would be freed up for other purposes, according to Town Manager Peter Elwell.

The work is expected to be completed by this fall.

"It's a project that's desperately needed," Gartenstein said, adding that he anticipated some paving along the road would occur too.

He thanked Gov. Peter Shumlin, Marc Pickering, from District 2 of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Chris Cole, secretary of the agency.

Brattleboro Department of Public Works Director Steve Barrett said the town has a budget of $300,000 for the project plus the VTrans Municipal Highway Structures Grant.

"We must note that the staff at District 2 have been exceptional to work with," he added.

Elwell said a meeting next week with town staff members, the agency and a contractor will focus energies on the Elliot Street bridge deck replacement. That project is expected to begin once school ends in June.


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"It's going to be a very intense summer in that spot," said Elwell. "Hopefully we'll get it finished and the bridge will be reopened before the school year starts in the fall."

He brought attention to the progress of a retaining wall on Green Street, calling it "an impressive sight" although not quite finished.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.