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Maine, Vermont Have Bridge Issues, Too

Augusta, Maine (ap) — A national transportation research organization says Maine and Vermont face challenges replacing or repairing aging bridges, just as New Hamphire does.

Last fall, The Road Information Program, based in Washington, said 30 percent of Maine’s bridges 20 feet or longer were in need of repair or replacement.

Thirty-two percent of Vermont’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in the spring of 2011, before Tropical Storm Irene struck. Last April, 30 percent of Vermont’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the group said, citing federal figures.

Interstate bridges have also been replaced due to the effects of aging. Replacement of the 88-year-old Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine is supposed to be complete this summer.

A new span across Lake Champlain Bridge linking Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison, Vt., replacing an 80-year-old bridge, was completed in 2011.