We need more time to consider Interstate 91 bridge designs

DUMMERSTON — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is planning to take down the pair of beautiful steel Interstate 91 bridges over the West River in Brattleboro and replace them with an ugly concrete bridge.

State officials say there is very little time for public discussion about this plan because the federal government has set a strict deadline for funding the project.

People should look at the drawings of the agency's proposed bridge (the drawings are available by calling Gov. Peter Shumlin's office), then let Shumlin know how they feel.

People should also ask Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch to extend the deadline for public comment about the Brattleboro bridge by at least a few weeks.

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