Constructed in 1883 by unknown¹ builder. The bridge is constructed with a multiple-kingpost truss, verticle members 8x6", braces 6x3.5". The deck 12x3" planks laid longitudinally. The siding is vertical 'inch' plank unpainted. Roofing is metal, abutments are cast concrete. Bridge measurements: Length: 72.1', Width: (c-c truss)17', Width inside clear: 16.04' Vertical clear: 12''.
Structural Evaluation: Numerous bottom chord repairs and splices. Broken diagonal truss members. Failed corbels on truss vertcals, poor lateral bracing.
Traffic Study results: 1993: 150 vehicles per day
The estimated cost (1993):
|Replace current floor system:||$60,000|
Make repairs only: $40,000
Inspection and recommendations rendered moot by destruction of bridge by ice.
In the spring of 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation completed the inspection of the seventy-five covered bridges that serve state and town highways. In the course of the survey, some of the bridges were found to be unsafe and were closed to traffic -- others were found to be in need of repair.
The inspection program was part of a long-range plan to oversee public safety, plan for current and future traffic needs, and to preserve all of the covered bridges in the state. The structure of each bridge was inspected for safety, and the bridge traffic was evaluated. The results of the study were turned over to the local communities with recommendations to help them decide whether to repair, rehabilitate, or replace their covered bridges. The towns, ultimately responsible for a share of the funding, will decide what work will be done.
The recommendations include one of five options based on the condition of the bridge and the type of traffic the bridge supports: