Seguin Covered Bridge

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Seguin Covered Bridge
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Bridge in U.S. state of Vermont
Carries Automobile
Crosses Lewis Creek
Locale Charlotte, Vermont
Maintained by Town of Charlotte
ID number VT-04-02
Characteristics
Design Covered, Burr arch
Material Wood
Total length 70.5 ft (21.49 m)
Width 13.25 ft (4.04 m)
No. of spans 1
Clearance above 10.1 ft (3.08 m)
History
Constructed by unknown
Construction end

ca 1850

Seguin Covered Bridge
Seguin Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Seguin Covered Bridge
Seguin Covered Bridge is located in the US
Seguin Covered Bridge
Coordinates 44°17′20″N 73°09′00″W / 44.28889°N 73.15000°W / 44.28889; -73.15000Coordinates: 44°17′20″N 73°09′00″W / 44.28889°N 73.15000°W / 44.28889; -73.15000
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
NRHP Reference # 74000209[1]
Added to NRHP September 6, 1974

The Seguin Covered Bridge, also called the Upper Covered Bridge and the Sequin Covered Bridge,[2] is a wooden covered bridge that crosses Lewis Creek in Charlotte, Vermont on Roscoe Road. It was built about 1850, and is a distinctive variant of a Burr arch design. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] It has been closed for rehabilitation through the late summer and fall of 2016.

Naming[edit]

A sign posted in the bridge by the Town of Charlotte identifies the name of the bridge as "Seguin" (with a letter "G") for one of the families who owned land surrounding it. It was listed on the National Register as "Sequin" (with the letter "Q"), an error that has since propagated widely.[3]

Description[edit]

The Seguin Covered Bridge stands in a rural area of eastern Charlotte, spanning the west-flowing Lewis Creek in a north-south orientation on Roscoe Road. The bridge is a single-span Burr arch design, 71 feet (22 m) long and 16.5 feet (5.0 m) wide, with a roadway width of 13 feet (4.0 m) (one lane). It rests on stone abutments that have been mortared and faced in concrete. The trusses consist of vertical posts and diagonal bracing, flanked on either side by laminated arches. The exterior is finished in vertical board siding, which extends around to the insides of the portals. The siding ends short of the gabled roof, leaving an opening between the two.[4]

History[edit]

The bridge was built about 1850 by an unknown builder; it is one of three surviving covered bridges in the town of Charlotte, and one of nine in the state with the Burr arch design.[4] Extensive repairs were made in 1949 and again in 1994; the latter repairs being made by Paul Ide and Jan Lewandoski. A new roof was added in 2001.[5] When visited in 2011, recent damage was noted. At least three knee braces were broken out, and all of the rest had damage of some sort ranging from cracks to paint transfer from an apparently over-height vehicle.

The bridge underwent a major rehabilitation in 2016. This work raised concerns among bridge preservationists, as it included alterations that put at risk the bridge's distinctive overhead bracing, which is not found on other bridges in the state. Alterations also include rebuilding the road deck to increase the weight limit to seven tons (from the previous five).[3]

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References[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: Sequin Covered Bridge
  3. ^ a b "Extensive Seguin Bridge repairs set to close Roscoe Road crossing until November". The Charlotte News. June 17, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  4. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Sequin[sic] Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-12-02.  with photos from 1974
  5. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June (2004). New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England. ISBN 1-58465-320-5.