Sunset Lake Floating Bridge

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Floating bridge on Sunset Lake in Brookfield, VT re-built by Miller Construction, Inc in 2015 Photo by Krystal DeCoteau
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge in 2008 (7th bridge)
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge in 2008
Coordinates44°02′33″N 72°36′17″W / 44.042525°N 72.604651°W / 44.042525; -72.604651Coordinates: 44°02′33″N 72°36′17″W / 44.042525°N 72.604651°W / 44.042525; -72.604651
Carries1 lane of VT 65
CrossesSunset Lake
LocaleBrookfield, Vermont, United States
DesignPontoon bridge
Total length318 feet (97 m)[1]
Design life100 years[1]
Construction cost$2.4M[1]
Opened1820, ?, ?, 1884, ?, 1936, 1978, 2015
Replacesprevious bridge
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge is located in Vermont
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge
Sunset Lake Floating Bridge
Location in Vermont

The Sunset Lake Floating Bridge is a floating bridge that carries Vermont Route 65 across Sunset Lake in Brookfield, Vermont, United States.


The first bridge on this site was erected in 1820.[1] It was built this way because the lake is too deep for traditional pilings.

The seventh bridge was closed to traffic and torn down in 2008 for replacement due to failure of its flotation system, which was based on foam-filled barrels.[2]

The current bridge, the eighth at this location,[1] is supported by fiber-reinforced polymer pontoons.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rathke, Lisa. "Vermont Town's Famous Floating Bridge Reopens With Fanfare". ABC news. Associated Press. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Garbitelli, Beth. "Vermont replaces state's only floating bridge". Burlington Free Press. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 May 2015.

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