Browns River Covered Bridge

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Browns River Covered Bridge
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Coordinates 44°36′45″N 73°00′29″W / 44.61250°N 73.00806°W / 44.61250; -73.00806Coordinates: 44°36′45″N 73°00′29″W / 44.61250°N 73.00806°W / 44.61250; -73.00806
Carries Pedestrian
(closed to motor traffic)
Crosses Browns River
Locale Westford, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Westford
ID number VT-04-05
Characteristics
Design Covered, Burr arch
Material Wood
Total length 97 ft (30 m)
No. of spans 1
History
Constructed by unknown
Construction end 1838

The Browns River Covered Bridge, also called the Westford Covered Bridge,[1] is a covered bridge that crosses Browns River off State Route 128 in Westford, Vermont.

The bridge is of Burr arch design by an unknown builder.

Recent history[edit]

The bridge was closed to traffic in the 1960s, and was bypassed by a concrete bridge alongside. In 1976 some repair work was done by the Vermont Naval Reserve and volunteers from the town. But even that work was not enough and the bridge was closed to even foot traffic. In 1987 the firm of Graton Associates was hired to rehabilitate the bridge. The ensuing work was filmed by a crew from National Geographic doing a piece on Milton Graton's life as a bridge restorer. The bridge was rededicated in 2001, although it remains closed to motor traffic at this time.[1][2]

The article found at The Browns River Bridge - a Covered Bridge Preservation Story has a very comprehensive recounting of the work performed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barna, Ed. Covered Bridges of Vermont. The Countryman Press, 1996. ISBN 0-88150-373-8
  2. ^ Nelson, Joe. "The Browns River Bridge - a Covered Bridge Preservation Story". Vermont Covered Bridges Society Chronicles Website. 1999