Waitsfield, VT, September 23, 2010 - There was no enthusiasm from the public for removing the pedestrian sidewalk on the north side of the Waitsfield covered bridge at a public hearing to discuss the fate of the bridge this week.
The Waitsfield Select Board held a hearing to discuss repairs to the bridge, its current condition and how to best use a $270,000 state grant to update/improve the bridge. The state grant is a matching grant towards which the town contributed 20 percent, or $54,000.
Among other changes to the bridge, the most pressing is the covered bridge sidewalk. cantilevered to the north side of the span in 1940, it has been causing the bridge to twist.
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[Our thanks to Irene Barna for forwarding this story - Ed.]