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Executive councilor, DOT commissioner tour North Country
The announcement was made here on Tuesday by Christopher Clement, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, who along with Assistant Commissioner David Jeff Brillhart, joined District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney in an all-day tour of the district, with a particular emphasis on roads and infrastructure in the North Country.
Also in the state’s 10-year plan, the bridge project was moved up within the plan and as soon as 2015, the state DOT will solicit bids for the repairs, said Clement.
He added that the extensive work will cumulatively cost $6.229 million, of which $4.6 million will be picked up by Granite State taxpayers and the balance by the residents of the Green Mountain State.
He said the N.H. DOT twice a year inspects bridges and on Tuesday, after doing the same inspection himself, Clement was convinced that with its worn, potholed deck and rusted rails, the Stewartstown –Canaan Bridge needs attention and soon.
“That project started out being in 2030 or something,” said Coats, “and thanks to the North Country Council and Ray Burton, we dealt with the N.H. DOT and we got it down to 2016.” The longtime District 1 Executive Councilor from Bath, Burton died last November and Kenney won a special election to fill the balance of his term.
Clement and Kenney said they did a lot of talking and listening on their travels Tuesday, with Clement noting that in the North Country, as elsewhere in New Hampshire, roads are “in need of repair.”
Toward that end, Kenney said both he and Clement support the application by the Town of Littleton — where they met Tuesday with municipal officials — for a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Revitalization (TIGER) grant.
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