State DOT will receive $5 million federal grant to replace Lancaster bridge

LANCASTER —The state Department of Transportation will receive a $5 million federal grant to replace the Rogers’ Rangers Bridge on Route 2.

U.S. Sen.s Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan (both D-NH) announced the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation grant for the bridge, which crosses the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont.

The original Rogers’ Rangers Bridge was constructed in 1950 and is critical to the movement of freight and people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation, will accelerate the construction of the new bridge and allow New Hampshire and Vermont to move this project forward.

Estimated total cost of the project is $11.2 million with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. The bridge currently carries 3,500 vehicles per day, 10 percent of which are trucks. With no other nearby east-west freight routes in the northern portions of New Hampshire and Vermont, U.S. Route 2 links the region to two important highways — Interstates 91 and 93 — that connect the area to the Canadian trade markets to the north as well as the larger New England seaports to the south.

The bridge replacement is fourth on the state’s red list.

“Local residents and businesses have been anxiously awaiting the replacement of the Rogers’ Rangers Bridge and this new grant provides the funding certainty needed to get this project underway,” said Shaheen. “Improving our state’s infrastructure is critical for job creation, economic growth and public safety and that’s why I’ll continue to advocate on behalf of local road and bridge repair projects that Granite Staters depend on,” she said.

"Building a strong, modern transportation infrastructure is critical to the success of our people, our businesses, and our economy, and replacing Rogers' Rangers Bridge is critical to those efforts," Senator Hassan said.

Senator Shaheen and then-Governor Hassan wrote letters to the secretary of the Department of Transportation requesting the grant funding.