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These reports provide a summary of the road-stream crossings (culverts and bridges) in the towns linked below that are considered to be at high risk of failure from heavy precipitation events. The purpose of this project is to help municipal officials and public works staff prioritize bridge and culvert upgrades in their towns.

These reports also provide information on how to make road-stream upgrades more resilient to current and projected precipitation conditions. Roads, bridges, and culverts in the Deerfield River Watershed are particularly vulnerable to flooding, as Tropical Storm Irene demonstrated in 2011. Events like Tropical Storm Irene are projected to become more frequent due to climate change. Upgrading and replacing culverts and bridges with structures that can withstand higher flows will save money over the long term, help protect critical infrastructure, and improve aquatic habitat in the watershed.

 

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