Lawmakers tour deteriorating bridge in Chittenden County

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A lawmaker from Cambridge says he wants his colleagues in the Legislature to get an up-close look at the state’s deteriorating bridges.

Representative Richard Westman led lawmakers on a tour yesterday that stopped at the Bridge Street bridge in Richmond, a town-owned structure with holes in its rusted beams.

Westman is chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He plans to take the committee on a similar tour in every county in the state to make his point that the state should be spending twice as much as it is now to keep roads and bridges in “serviceable” condition.

Governor Jim Douglas says he’s willing to consider borrowing money to bolster the state’s bridges, but he’s opposed to raising taxes to do it.

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