- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont is planning a new $6.2 million State Police barracks in Westminster that would replace outdated facilities in Brattleboro and Rockingham.

The state has filed an Act 250 Lane Use permit application for the 16,000 square-foot project that would be located near Exit 5 off Interstate 91. The project will also go before the Westminster Development Review Board.

“We are absolutely ready,” said state police Capt. Ray Keefe, who oversees the Brattleboro, Rockingham and Royalton barracks. “This has been a very long process, and we have needed a new barracks for a long time. I’ll feel much better when the first shovel goes in the ground.”

State officials started looking for alternate sites to the Brattleboro and Rockingham locations along the Interstate 91 corridor in 2007. A 2008 study found it would be best to replace the two locations with a single, modern location.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/1ggKhru) reports that in addition to the 16,000-square-foot public safety facility with a detached 3,400-square-foot garage there would also be a 100-foot-tall monopole with two-way radio antennas and a microwave dish.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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