Some East Burke residents upset by detour proposed for new bridge

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EAST BURKE, Vermont — Some East Burke residents are upset by a Vermont Transportation Agency proposal to close a section of Route 114 for three weeks while a 90-year-old bridge is replaced with a modern span.

The closing of the road while the new bridge is being built as part of the state's accelerated bridge project would force residents traveling between Lyndonville and Island Pond to take a nearly 50-mile detour.

Burke Chamber of Commerce President Tim Tierney tells the Caledonian Record ( ) he's concerned about the impact on tourism and emergency services.

The Transportation Agency says the bridge project that would normally take two years will be finished in five months. Construction is due to begin in April. The three-week closure would run from May 26 to June 15.

Information from: The Caledonian-Record,

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