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Bellows Falls wants to discuss bridge with NH

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) - Officials in a Vermont village want to discuss long-awaited repairs to a bridge connecting the state to New Hampshire.

The well-traveled Vilas Bridge over the Connecticut River was closed in 2009 after an inspection found continued deterioration of the bridge deck.

The bridge, which connects Walpole, N.H., to Bellows Falls, Vt., was built in 1930. It's been on New Hampshire's Red List of troubled bridges for more than 20 years.

New Hampshire is responsible for the 635-foot bridge. So far, it has not scheduled reconstruction in its 10-year transportation plan. The delay is caused primarily by an anticipated 30 percent reduction in federal highway money to New Hampshire.

The Eagle Times reports Bellows Falls is proposing a June meeting with New Hampshire transportation agents to discuss repairs.

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