EAST RICHFORD, Vt. (AP) — A bridge connecting Vermont and Quebec since 1918 has been restored.

The East Richford Sutton International Bridge over the Missisquoi River re-opened on Monday.

Marie-Claude Francoeur, a Quebec delegate, says residents on both sides of the bridge are "not only friends, we are family."

State officials say around 10 to 15 people use the bridge daily, but that number fluctuates with the seasons.

Vermont and the Province of Quebec own and maintain the bridge, splitting it about 80% and 20% respectively.

Gov. Phil Scott says the newly renovated border crossing will strengthen trade between Vermont and Quebec, which trade more than $2.2 billion worth of goods every year.

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