Three storm-damaged bridges reopen along Route 12A

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened three storm-damaged bridges along Route 12A that will provide area residents better access to both Route 100 and Interstate 89. A short segment of Route 12A in Roxbury just north of Carrie Howe Road still remains closed as both a culvert and a bridge still need to be replaced, but the three newly opened bridges allow Roxbury residents to travel north to Northfield as well as south to Randolph along Route 12A. ‘In all three locations, we were able to repair and reopen bridges that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘These repairs allow residents of not only Roxbury, but also Granville and Braintree to have access to Interstate 89, which will return their travel ability to close to normal.’ Two of the three newly opened bridges are located along the northern segment of Route 12A ‘ one is in Northfield, the other is in Roxbury ‘ while the third bridge is located along the southern segment of Route 12A in Braintree. The newly opened bridges north of Roxbury Village also reestablish access to the Warren Mountain Road, a town highway that provides area residents with a connection to Route 100. The remaining closed segment of Route 12A just north of Carrie Howe Road will remain closed into the fall as neither the culvert nor the bridge can be repaired. VTrans plans to replace the culvert with a short bridge, and must also replace the damaged bridge with a new one. Work to design and engineer these structures is already underway.  Construction activity will begin later this fall. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.uswhere(link is external) they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

5,000 credit union leaders coming to D.C. to talk policy with Congress

first_imgMore than 5,000 credit union professionals will be in Washington, D.C. next week for CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote all 535 Congressional offices Tuesday. Part of CUNA’s regular outreach to Congress on the credit union difference, this communication sets the stage for next week’s CUNA GAC.“Next week, credit union professionals will be in Washington, eager to speak with you about how a strong partnership between Congress and credit unions serves your constituents by fostering financial resilience, retaining local access to financial institutions, serving the underserved, and so much more,” Donovan wrote. “For your local credit unions, the commitment to advancing communities is paramount. They are there for your constituents in good times and bad and look forward to working with your office to get more done.”Donovan’s message links to a selection of CUNA’s 2020 credit union advocacy priorities, detailing ways Congress and credit unions can work together to advance communities, including:Passing a national data security and privacy framework to keep Americans safe; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Djoko Tjandra allegedly prepared $10m to bribe Supreme Court, AGO officials

first_imgDjoko Soegiharto Tjandra, a graft convict and former fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, allegedly planned to bribe officials at the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to help him secure an acquittal in the case.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono said the figure was estimated to be around US$10 million.“Djoko, along with prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari and NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya, agreed to provide $10 million to be handed to some officials at the Supreme Court and the AGO for securing the acquittal,” Hari said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.  The AGO had previously accused Pinangki of receiving a $500,000 bribe from Djoko to lobby the Supreme Court to overturn a 2009 verdict that found him guilty of involvement in the 1998 Bank Bali corruption case.In a proposal named “action plan”, Pinangki reportedly asked for $1 million from Djoko in exchange for the prosecutor’s help with the case. Djoko reportedly accepted the offer and paid half of the sum as a down payment. Djoko later canceled the remaining payment after seeing that things had not gone as planned, according to the AGO.Read also: AGO arrests prosecutor Pinangki for alleged corruption in connection with Djoko TjandraPinangki has been named a bribery and money laundering suspect by the AGO for allegedly using the $500,000 bribe to buy a luxury car and pay rent for two apartments in Jakarta, among other purchases. Andi, the NasDem politician, was named a suspect for allegedly serving as a middleman between Pinangki and Djoko.AGO prosecutors reportedly handed Pinangki’s case file over to the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.The AGO previously declared Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was at large.Djoko fled the country in June 2009, a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion ($37 million) in restitution for his role in the corruption case. He spent more than a decade on the run before being arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July of this year. (vny)Topics :last_img read more