Holmes Creek Covered Bridge

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Holmes Creek Covered Bridge
Carries Automobile
Crosses Holmes Creek
Locale Charlotte, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Charlotte
ID number VT-04-01
Design Covered, King post with tied arch
Material Wood
Total length 41 ft (12.50 m)
Width 12.1 ft (3.69 m)
No. of spans 1
Load limit 5 tons
Clearance above 8.25 ft (2.51 m)
Constructed by Leonard Sherman
Construction end

ca 1870

Holmes Creek Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Holmes Creek Covered Bridge
Holmes Creek Covered Bridge is located in the US
Holmes Creek Covered Bridge
Coordinates 44°19′59″N 73°17′40″W / 44.33306°N 73.29444°W / 44.33306; -73.29444Coordinates: 44°19′59″N 73°17′40″W / 44.33306°N 73.29444°W / 44.33306; -73.29444
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
NRHP Reference # 74000326[1]
Added to NRHP September 6, 1974

The Holmes Creek Covered Bridge, also called the Lakeshore Covered Bridge,[2] is a one-lane wooden covered bridge that crosses Holmes Creek in Charlotte, Vermont on Lake Road, adjacent to Charlotte Beach. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Holmes Creek Bridge information placard, Charlotte, VT: Apr 2015

The bridge is of King post truss with tied arch design, one of only 3 left standing in the state. This bridge is also one of the shortest in the state, and it at the lowest elevation being just off the shore of Lake Champlain.

According to the placard mounted on the bridge, the town Selectmen originally specified the bridge's width and height to accommodate passage of "a load of hay, high and wide."

During the late 1800s, the Holmes family operated what is said to be the largest apple orchard in New England, located just southwest of the bridge. Offshore in Lake Champlain there are submerged pilings; the only remaining evidence of the pier where boats docked to load the fruit.

Recent history[edit]

In 1993 the bridge was rehabilitated by Milton Graton Associates, after the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) found it to be inadequate for normal loading. Additional work was done in 1994 by Paul Ide and Jan Lewandoski. The Vermont AOT has further recommended bypassing the bridge, but thus far it is still in daily use.[3]

In 2002, the bridge had undergone a roof replacement funded by the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, which re-roofed 38 covered bridges within the State[4]

The July 2007 Town of Charlotte Selectboard minutes have stated that the Holmes Creek Bridge has been hit by an untold number of small trucks, where the Town has had to pay for the repairs.[5] The current height restriction for vehicles traveling on the bridge is posted at 8'3".

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