- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - Some residents in western Vermont are concerned that a $55 million project to replace two aging rail bridges could devastate businesses.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1IK6lZt) Transportation Agency officials said at Monday’s special select board meeting that it is imperative to repair the bridges in downtown Middlebury. The bridges carry vehicles over the railroad, which passes below.

Officials have invested $65 million in public money into the Western Rail Corridor over the last ten years. The Middlebury section is the missing link that would allow passenger rail service to connect Rutland and Burlington.

But residents say replacing the state-owned bridges could cause disruptions.

Some have proposed building a bypass, but officials say that would be costly and extend the project by at least a decade.

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