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Scott Covered Bridge (Townshend, Vermont)

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Built  1870 (1870)
NRHP Reference #  73000206
Area  4,000 m²
Added to NRHP  28 August 1973
Architectural style  Town lattice truss
Opened  1870
Body of water  West River
Nearest city  Townshend
Scott Covered Bridge (Townshend, Vermont)
Similar  Townshend Dam, West Dummerston Covered, Covered bridge

Scott Covered Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the West River in Townshend, Vermont. Built in 1870, it is at 277 feet (84 m) one of the longest covered bridges in the state (the West Dummerston Covered Bridge is longer), exhibiting three different forms of support: a Town lattice truss, kingpost trusses, and laminated arches. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is closed to all traffic.

Description and history

The Scott Covered Bridge is located west of Townshend's main village, spanning the West River just west of Vermont Route 30 south of Townshend Dam. The bridge consists of three spans: a main Town lattice truss span that is 166 feet (51 m) long, and two kingspost truss spans with a combined length of 111 feet (34 m). The Town lattice truss has been strengthened with laminated arches. The bridge has a total width of 20 feet (6.1 m), and a roadway width of 16 feet (4.9 m). The sides and gable ends of the bridge are sheathed with vertical board siding.

The bridge was constructed in 1870, with original ownership by the town of Townshend. Originally, the kingspost trusses were exposed, but they were covered in 1873. The bridge was ceded to the Vermont Historical Commission in 1955 and subsequently added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The bridge has been modified on three occasions to improve the structural stability: adding a concrete facing to the piers in 1915; adding structural support beams in 1961, and a concrete pier in 1981. Since 2012, the bridge have been closed to foot traffic, after a routine inspection showed serious structural integrity issues.

References

Scott Covered Bridge (Townshend, Vermont) Wikipedia


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