New Hampshire DOT hosts two Hinsdale-to-Brattleboro bridge meetings

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HINSDALE, N.H. — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will present details about the proposed Brattleboro-to-Hinsdale bridge at two separate public informational meetings next week.

Residents on both sides of the river will now have a chance to provide input and ask questions regarding the long-awaited project.

The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Hinsdale Town Hall. The second meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Municipal Center Select Board Room.

Those attending the presentation can expect a brief history of the project as well as the design and budget decisions state and town officials agreed on in previous meetings.

Hinsdale Board of Selectmen Chairman Steve Diorio said that the project so far has been well planned with lots of input from Brattleboro and Hinsdale representatives as well as state representatives. The officials agreed on design, position of the bridge, budget and basic functionality of the bridge's roads, walkways and piers.

"Our number one goal is safety, second is functionality and finally we want to expedite the process in a reasonable manner. So far we've managed to push the project along from 2021 to 2019" said N.H. State Representative Michael Abbott, D-Hinsdale.

According to Abbot, The tentative budget for the project is $54 million, which is likely to change when more design decisions have been made. New Hampshire will be footing 83 percent of the bill and Vermont will be paying 17 percent based on the waterway being in New Hampshire territory.

Marc Apesos can be contacted at marc.apesos@ksc.keene.edu.

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