- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A bridge in Brattleboro, Vermont that was forced to close after a 4-by-4-foot hole was discovered has reopened to the public.

Director of Public Works Steve Barrett tells The Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/2bEM2gU ) that the hole has been repaired on the Elliot Street bridge over the Whetstone Brook. The bridge is also wider in length, allowing more room for pedestrians, cars and bicycles to pass over in both directions.

Barrett says the railings are much higher and meet safety regulations.

The bridge closed in 2014. Travelers had to use alternate routes such as the Main Street bridge and the Citizens Bridge.

Officials say the work was completed by the Renaud Brothers on Aug. 26, and cost nearly $513,000. The Vermont Agency of Transportation funded most of the project.

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

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