- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) - Officials are waiting until early next year to decide whether to replace a hiking bridge over the North Fork of the Pemigewasset River that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

U.S. Forest Service officials tell New Hampshire Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1SbruRb ) a study is underway that explores the issues surrounding removing or replacing the 60-foot-long Thoreau Falls Bridge.

The 1962 bridge is part of the 5.1-mile Thoreau Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest.

Officials deemed it unsafe in 2011 due to a combination of age and storm damage.

Two reports are expected to be released this year, along with a draft decision. That will be followed by a comment period, which will help officials decide whether to make the draft decision final.

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