Hinsdale-Brattleboro Bridge Project

The project team consists of a Project Lead Team and a Project Advisory Committee. The Project Lead Team, whose role it is to facilitate the process, is lead by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and includes representatives from the NHDOT, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), as well as regional partners, the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC), and the Windham Regional Commission (WRC).

The Project Advisory Committee, whose role is to advise the Project Lead Team, includes representatives from Vermont and New Hampshire Legislature and regional Transportation Committees, Hinsdale and Brattleboro Administrators, Officials, and Selectboard Members, local citizens and representatives from area social services, emergency services, and interest groups.

Planning for the Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge Project began in the early 1990's. In 1998, purpose and need statements and a preferred alternative (Alternative F) were approved for the project. In 2012 correspondence between the Hinsdale Selectmen and the Brattleboro Selectboard continued support for the preferred alternative (F) from both communities.

Alternative F would functionally replace both existing Route 119 bridges with a single bridge, to be located approximately 1,000 feet south of the existing Route 119 western bridge and form a T-intersection with VT Route 142. The new bridge is to be a steel I-beam girder bridge with aesthetic enhancements and a sidewalk on the upstream side. The existing Route 119 bridges would remain open during the project, maintaining two lanes of traffic at all times during construction. After construction, the existing Route 119 bridges could be rehabilitated for pedestrian and bicycle usage and closed to motor vehicle traffic.

At this time the Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge project has completed the Selected Alternative / Final Environmental Documentation phase and is entering the Final Design phase. As part of the Final Design phase a formal Public Hearing will be held to secure approval for the project's layout. The project is listed in the current, approved NHDOT 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan dated June 24, 2016 for construction beginning in 2019 with a total cost, including Vermont's share, of approximately $45 million.

The WRC will provide periodic updates of meetings and other project milestones. Please click here for the project webpage.

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