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West Swanzey Covered Bridge

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Built  1832
Architectural style  Town truss
Opened  1832
Body of water  Ashuelot River
Architect  Taft,Zadoc
NRHP Reference #  80000281
Area  4,000 m²
Added to NRHP  29 February 1980
West Swanzey Covered Bridge
Location  Main St., West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Similar  Sawyers Crossing Covered, Slate Covered Bridge, Coombs Covered Bridge, Carleton Bridge, Ashuelot Covered Bridge

The West Swanzey Covered Bridge (also known as the Thompson Bridge) is a historic wooden covered bridge carrying Main Street over the Ashuelot River in West Swanzey, New Hampshire. The two-span Town lattice truss bridge was built in 1932 by Zadoc Taft for the town at a cost of $523.27. It is 136'10" long, with spans measuring 64'0" and 63'6", and rests on a stone central pier and abutments. Unusual for surviving covered bridges, the bridge occupies a central location in the village of West Swanzey, and was originally equipped with two sidewalks (it now has only one). In 1973 the bridge was posted for a six-ton limit, requiring school buses to empty before they could cross the bridge. It was closed to all traffic in 1990, but has since been rehabilitated and reopened.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

References

West Swanzey Covered Bridge Wikipedia


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