Woodstock, Vt., November 16, 2011 - The the northeasterly span of the Taftsville Covered Bridge will be dismantled and stored for the winter in the Woodstock Town Garage, leaving only the south westerly span, from abutment to center-stream pier standing over the Ottauqueechee River. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December.
The crumbling and sliding of the riverbank neccesitated the removal of the northeasterly span. The ground there needs to be stabilized to allow a new abutment to be constructed.
The bridge will be restored as part of the reconstruction project already planned to begin in 2012. The Wright Construction of Mount Holly won the disassembly work with the low bid of $226,758. FEMA is expected to fund 75% of the cost with the state and town providing 15 and 10% respectively.
Johnny Esau, VCBS Life Member