East Richford-Sutton international bridge reopening

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EAST RICHFORD — Governor Phil Scott and Vermont and Quebec leadership were at the Canadian border on Monday for the official opening of the East Richford-Sutton International Bridge after completion of a joint Vermont-Quebec project to rehabilitate the historic truss bridge.

The bridge is jointly owned and maintained by the State of Vermont, approximately 80 percent, and the Province of Quebec, approximately 20 percent.

The original bridge was destroyed in the Great Flood of 1927 and rebuilt in 1929 as an historic truss bridge, gaining approval by then-President Calvin Coolidge, a Vermonter.

That bridge was rebuilt in 1979.

In 2014, concept and design work began to replace the existing bridge deck and make other necessary safety improvements, within the existing footprint and alignment.

At a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the bridge, Governor Scott was joined by Marie-Claude Francoeur, the Quebec Government Delegate to New England, Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn, Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle, and representatives of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol and Canada Border Services Administration.

“Vermont’s relationship with Canada is so important, and strengthening it is a focus of my administration,” said Governor Scott. “Though an international border lies between communities all along our state’s 90-mile border with Canada, this region is bonded together, and Quebec and Vermont mutually benefit from this close connection.”