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Vt. business leaders to protest NH bridge plan

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ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) - A group of Vermont business leaders from a Connecticut River community are upset the New Hampshire Department of Transportation isn't moving faster to make repairs to a closed bridge that links the two states.

Officials from the Vermont village of Bellows Falls and business leaders are planning to gather at the 635-foot Vilas Bridge on Friday to help bring more attention to the structure.

Local businesses leaders say they have seen up to a 30 percent loss of commerce since the bridge closed in 2009.

Some Vermonters are frustrated because repairs to the bridge are not in a draft of New Hampshire's 10-year transportation plan.

The Claremont Eagle Times reports the open concrete bridge was built in 1930 to connect Bellows Falls to Walpole.

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