Braley Covered Bridge

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Braley Covered Bridge
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Carries Automobile
Crosses Second Branch of White River
Locale Randolph, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Randolph
ID number VT-09-04
Design Covered, King post
Material Wood
Total length 40.25 ft (12.3 m)
Width 14.2 ft (4.3 m)
Number of spans 1
Load limit 8 tons
Vertical clearance 9.5 ft (2.90 m)
Constructed by unknown
Construction end

1904

Braley Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Braley Covered Bridge
Coordinates 43°55′42″N 72°33′26″W / 43.92833°N 72.55722°W / 43.92833; -72.55722Coordinates: 43°55′42″N 72°33′26″W / 43.92833°N 72.55722°W / 43.92833; -72.55722
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1909
Architectural style Other, multiple Kingpost truss
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74000236[1]
Added to NRHP June 13, 1974

The Braley Covered Bridge, also called the Johnson Covered Bridge and Upper Blaisdell Covered Bridge,[2] is a wooden covered bridge that crosses the Second Branch of the White River in Randolph, Vermont on Braley Covered Bridge Road. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

The bridge is of King post truss design by an unknown builder. This bridge is one of only two covered bridges in Vermont (the other being the nearby Gifford Covered Bridge) in which the king post truss reaches only half the height of the bridge. The reason for this is that the bridge was most likely a wooden boxed pony truss bridge when first built in 1904. The trusses would have most likely been covered by planking to protect them, rather being left open. See the article on Mean's Ford Bridge in Pennsylvania at BridgeHunter.com for an example of this rare type of bridge.

A date of 1909 was placed on one of the portals, likely an indication that the upper portion of the bridge was installed at that time, making it a covered bridge in the more familiar sense.[3]

Recent history[edit]

In 1977 the bridge deck was reinforced with steel I-beams.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Braley Covered Bridge
  3. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June. New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England, 2004. ISBN 1-58465-320-5
  4. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June (2004). New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England. ISBN 1-58465-320-5.