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Anna Hunt Marsh & Charles Dana Truss Bridges over the Connecticut River BUILD Grant Assistance

Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Brattleboro, Vermont

Client: New Hampshire Department of Transportation

Services

  • Grant Assistance

Project Summary

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) developed the design of the bypass of the Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana Truss Bridges over the Connecticut River between Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Brattleboro, Vermont. As NH Route 119 is a critical east-west corridor connecting northern New Hampshire and Vermont to Interstate 91 in eastern Vermont, this project was viewed as a candidate for discretionary funding under the USDOT BUILD competitive grant program.

Hoyle, Tanner was retained by NHDOT to develop the application which included the Executive Summary, Commissioner’s Letter, Project Narrative, solicitation for political support for the project from elected officials, documentation of the purpose and need for the project, a detailed Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) as well as preparing content relative to anticipated project costs, schedule, sustainability, social and economic benefits, life safety benefits and other characteristics of the project. All materials were submitted through USDOT’s grant program website by NHDOT. NHDOT requested $20 million through the grant program to cover approximately 40% of the anticipated $50 million construction costs and was successfully awarded a grant of $12 million. US Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Margaret Hassan as well as US Congresswoman Annie Kuster wrote letters of support for the project. The $12 million grant will reduce future debt service for NHDOT and the State of New Hampshire and allow other important projects to be addressed.

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