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Dec 20, 2015 9:27 AM

Shaheen asks for more public comment on proposed removal of hiking bridge in Lincoln

The Associated Press

CONCORD — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking for more time for people to comment on a proposal to take down a hiking bridge over the North Fork of the Pemigewasset River that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Since the 60-foot-long Thoreau Falls Bridge was damaged, the National Forest Service has posted signs warning hikers to go over it one at a time. The bridge, built in 1962, is part of the 5.1-mile Thoreau Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest.

Shaheen, in a recent letter to District Ranger Jon Morrissey of the forest, says the calls and emails her office has received indicate overwhelmingly that public safety would be compromised if the bridge was to be removed and not replaced.

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