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Rockingham Examining Legal Action Against NH Over Bridge

The long tale of the Vilas Bridge continues with news that the town of Rockingham is looking to pursue legal action against New Hampshire.

The Eagle Times says that during Tuesday’s Selectboard hearing, town officials discussed reaching out to an attorney and finding out if it would be worth their while to pursue a case against the Granite State regarding the Vilas Bridge. The paper says that a Memorandum of Understanding, an MOU, was signed in 1994 by the New Hampshire division of the Federal Highway Administration. It that ruled that for 22 years, New Hampshire would be responsible for maintenance of the bridge.

NH has not maintained the bridge, which carries wastewater from Walpole to Bellows Falls for treatment as part of an agreement as well as communication lines, and Rockingham hopes that legal action would spur New Hampshire to repair the old bridge.

Tuesday, the board approved inquiring with legal counsel to make sure that they indeed have a case against their twin state.

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