Pine Brook Covered Bridge

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Pine Brook Covered Bridge
Bridge in U.S. state of Vermont
Carries North Road
Crosses Pine Brook
Locale Waitsfield, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Waitsfield
ID number VT-12-12
Design Covered, King post
Material Wood
Total length 48.5 ft (14.78 m)
Width 14.1 ft (4.30 m)
No. of spans 1
Load limit 5 tons
Clearance above 8.75 ft (2.67 m)
Constructed by unknown
Construction end

1872 (1872)

Pine Brook Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Pine Brook Covered Bridge
Pine Brook Covered Bridge is located in the US
Pine Brook Covered Bridge
Coordinates 44°12′21″N 72°47′31″W / 44.20583°N 72.79194°W / 44.20583; -72.79194Coordinates: 44°12′21″N 72°47′31″W / 44.20583°N 72.79194°W / 44.20583; -72.79194
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Part of Mad River Valley Rural Historic District (#94000836)
NRHP Reference # 74000264[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 13, 1974
Designated CP August 5, 1994

The Pine Brook Covered Bridge, also called the Wilder Covered Bridge,[2] is a wooden covered bridge that crosses Pine Brook in Waitsfield, Vermont on North Road. Built in 1872, it is one two surviving 19th-century covered bridges in the town. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Pine Brook Bridge stands in a rural area of northern Waitsfield, carrying North Road, a principal road in the area, across Pine Brook, a tributary of the Mad River to the west. It consists of two king post trusses, and is 48 feet (15 m) long and 17.5 feet (5.3 m) wide, with a roadway width of 14.5 feet (4.4 m) (one lane). It rests on stone abutments faced in concrete, and its wooden bridge deck is supported by steel I-beams. Its exterior is clad in vertical board siding, which extends a short way inside the portals. The roof is standing seam metal.[3]

The bridge was built in 1872. It is one of only two historic covered bridges (the other being the Stony Brook Covered Bridge) left in the state with the king post design, and one of only two in the town (the other being the Great Eddy Covered Bridge). In 1976 repairs were made to the then dilapidating structure. Concrete caps were added to the abutments and steel I-beams were added just below the deck, so that only an overload condition would require the additional support of the beams. The trusses also received attention. In 1989 the deck was replaced.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pine Brook Covered Bridge
  3. ^ Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Pine Brook Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-09.  with photos from 1974
  4. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June. New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England, 2004. ISBN 1-58465-320-5