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Bridge boondoggle: Throwing money into Little Bay

September 10. 2018 8:39PM

State officials last week outlined four proposals to maintain pedestrian and bicycle access over Little Bay that currently uses the rusting hulk of the General Sullivan Bridge.

The price tags, ranging from $23 million to $39.8 million, are far too high.

The General Sullivan hasn’t carried vehicular traffic since 1984, but state policy has long prioritized saving the structure rather than tearing it down. State and federal officials are revisiting that decision.

The cheapest alternatives would use the General Sullivan’s piers to widen the Little Bay Bridge. This would involve ending pedestrian and bike access during construction, running shuttles, or closing a traffic lane on the Little Bay Bridge. There simply are not enough bikers and hikers crossing the span to justify the astronomical cost.

The General Sullivan Bridge is not historic. It is merely old. It is also an eyesore and an obstruction to navigation. It is time to tear it down.

It would be nice to have a bike path over Little Bay, but the project is simply too low a priority at too high a price. New Hampshire has better ways to spend this money.

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