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Taftsville Bridge to be Dismantled

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Woodstock, Vt., November 4, 2011 - The Woodstock Selectmen was informed by VTrans and the engineering firm of McFarland Johnson that the Taftsville Bridge suffered more damage than originally thought.

The abutment on the Route 4 end of the bridge was found to be unstable requiring that that half of the bridge, from the center pier to the abutment will need to be dismantled so the abutment can be rebuilt.

The VTrans engineer responsible for the project will present the scope of work in detail at the town hall on Wednesday, November. 9 at 7:00pm.

The September 19 assesment of the Taftsville Bridge by VTrans: Closed to all traffic. Debris at center pier. Signs of debris impact on center stone pier. Adjacent to dam and power plant. Stone abutments. Washout at southwest abutment. Abutments compromised. Wing wall compromised. Partial collapse of west stone abutment and SE stone wingwall. Bank slide at NW corner.

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