Hinsdale-Brattleboro Greenway Project
Planning for the Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges and Island Area
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) plan to replace the Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh bridges that connect Hinsdale, NH to Brattleboro, VT via Route 119, by constructing a new single-span bridge over the Connecticut River. After construction, the new bridge will serve Route 119 traffic, and the existing bridges and parts of the road previously used for Route 119 traffic will be repurposed to host pedestrian and bicycle activity. The new bridge’s construction was advertised for bids in March 2021 with completion expected in 2024.
The repurposing of the Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh bridges represents a unique opportunity for Hinsdale, NH and Brattleboro, VT to reimagine their connection to each other and to the Connecticut River. A citizen’s advisory group serving as the Hinsdale-Brattleboro Bridge Project Advisory Committee (PAC), was formed to provide guidance to NHDOT, VTrans, and the towns of Hinsdale and Brattleboro on design matters related to both projects. The Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee (Subcommittee) was formed to focus specifically on the historic bridges, island and their connections to the towns. The Subcommittee’s charge is to:
Evaluate existing conditions that may have a bearing on the future use and management of the existing bridges and island;
Conduct outreach and engagement activities to understand public sentiment related to the bridges and island; and
Develop an inclusive vision for the island and bridge area that is informed by a cross-section of community stakeholders.