Halpin Covered Bridge
|Halpin Covered Bridge|
Bridge in U.S. state of Vermont
|Crosses||Muddy Branch of New Haven River|
|Maintained by||Town of Middlebury|
|Design||Covered, Town lattice|
|Total length||66.25 ft (20.19 m)|
|Width||11.9 ft (3.63 m)|
|Number of spans||1|
|Load limit||8 tons|
|Vertical clearance||9.75 ft (2.97 m)|
Bridge site in U.S. state of Vermont
|Area||1 acre (0.4 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||74000199|
|Added to NRHP||September 10, 1974|
The Halpin Covered Bridge, also called the High Covered Bridge, is a wooden covered bridge that crosses the Muddy Branch of the New Haven River in Middlebury, Vermont on Halpin Covered Bridge Road. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The bridge is of Town lattice design. It has the distinction of being the highest covered bridge above a waterway in the state (water flows a full 41 feet (12.5 m) below the bridge in a small gorge). Hence the bridge's other appellation as the "High Bridge". Originally built to serve a marble quarry operation (which may explain the unusually high clearance), it now serves only one family farm: the Halpins.
The bridge had minor repairs made in the 1960s. In 1994 the bridge had extensive work done by Jan Lewandoski. The bridge was completely removed from its crumbling marble abutments, and new concrete abutments were created for it.
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