Wednesday, September 26 - Senator Jeffords announced that grants totaling $1.84 million will be made available to preserve and repair over 40 covered bridges in Vermont. The grant comes from the National Covered Bridge Preservation Program sponsored by Jeffords.
Of the $1.84 million, $461,600 will be used to replace roofs on 38 bridges. The rest of the funds will be used for major repairs on four bridges:
- Montgomery's Comstock Bridge: $576,000, a 72-foot Town-lattice truss bridge over the Trout River, built in 1883
- Pittsford's Cooley Bridge: $200,000, a 68-foot Town-lattice truss span over Furnace Brook, built in 1849
- Jointly owned Gorham Bridge of Pittsford and Proctor: $576,000, 129-foot Town-lattice span over Otter Creek, built in 1841
- Thetford's Sayers or Tucker Hill Road Bridge: $24,000, 130-foot truss with arch, a possible adaptation of the truss patented by Herman Haupt in 1839, over the Ompompanoosuc River, build date unknown