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Checkered House Bridge


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Source: Project Website (Now Defunct)


BH Photo #282941

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Checkered House Bridge, Chittenden County, VT

Long approach to the Checkered House bridge, a 1929 Pennsylvania Truss bridge that replaced a covered bridge of the same name damaged by the great flood of 1927. The Checkered House bridge was the longest truss bridge constructed after the flood, and still remains as the longest simple span truss bridge in the state.

Taken by Michael Quiet

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Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Winooski River on US 2 in Richmond
Richmond, Chittenden County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Built 1929 by American Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1970; Widened and rehabilitated 2013
- American Bridge Co. of New York (fabrication)
- Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. (2013 rehabilitation)
Pennsylvania through truss with riveted connections.
Length of largest span: 350.1 ft.
Total length: 356.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1990
Also called
Winooski River Bridge
West Main Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.42338, -73.01662   (decimal degrees)
44°25'24" N, 73°00'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/657880/4920811 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Essex Junction
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 90000775 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2017: New video from Michael Quiet
  • May 24, 2016: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • March 11, 2016: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated dimensions to current measurments. Width & height clearance still reflected pre-widening/reconstruction numbers
  • November 11, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • May 18, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • May 3, 2014: New photo from Michael Quiet
  • April 30, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • April 29, 2014: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • February 17, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Widened"
  • May 28, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added history, indicating 2013 widening.
  • June 13, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status and added builder
  • June 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status
  • July 21, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.



Checkered House Bridge
Posted October 30, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Checkered House Bridge
Posted May 28, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Checkered House Bridge
Posted March 18, 2013, by Froggie (froggie [at] mississippi [dot] net)


Another recent article about Vermont's truss bridge preservation program, with several mentions of the Checkered House Bridge.

Checkered House Bridge
Posted January 3, 2013, by Nathan Currier (ncurrier [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is one of the articles featuring the rehabilitation and widening of the Checkered House Bridge in Modern Steel Construction (AISC).


Checkered House Bridge
Posted November 9, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The link below is dead but the Sep 2012 issue of Civil Engineering magazine (from ASCE) has a story and photos of the work.

Checkered House Bridge
Posted June 13, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the name that the locals referred to the bridge by in the article about the widening and rehabilitation.

The article also mentions that 16 million is being spent on this where a new bridge could be built for about half. Certainly makes me wonder if it wouldn't have been better to have built that new bridge next to this one and then restored the old bridge for one way traffic. Seems like it would end up being cheaper in the end.

West Main Street Bridge
Posted June 13, 2012, by Benjamin Putnam (bwp47 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has not been demolished -- it is being widened and rehabilitated. See the following link: