June 2, 2002 - Hi Joe, I was driving near Shrewsbury yesterday and noticed the road to the Brown bridge was closed. I walked down to the bridge and found out it was closed for repairs. About 40% of the siding on the south side of the bridge and a small amount of siding on the north has been removed. Four pieces of the Town lattice truss have been replaced on the South side. The removed truss was rotten from water damage and insect infestation.
Today, June 2, I went back and talked to the one of the workers there. The bridge has been closed for about a month and repairs will be finished in about one or two weeks. The company doing the work is the Wright Construction Company out of Mount Holly, Vermont. They have worked on over 18 different covered bridge projects and were involved with the rebuilding of the Slate Bridge in New Hampshire.
For repairs, they will be removing and replacing all the old siding. Plus the workers have replaced two pieces of cord and eight pieces of lattice. The person I talked to said they would not be replacing any more lattice or cord. As of today, about 70% of the siding has been removed and the rest will probably be off by the end of the day.
Robert Cassidy, VCBS Bridge-watch, Rutland.