Another recent article about Vermont's truss bridge preservation program, with several mentions of the Checkered House Bridge.
Here is one of the articles featuring the rehabilitation and widening of the Checkered House Bridge in Modern Steel Construction (AISC).
The link below is dead but the Sep 2012 issue of Civil Engineering magazine (from ASCE) has a story and photos of the work.
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.
This bridge has not been demolished -- it is being widened and rehabilitated. See the following link:
Everyone tells me Vermont has one of the strongest commitments to historic bridges. Is this how it manifests itself? Tearing down National Register eligible 350 foot Pennsylvania trusses like they are 1960s stringers? Very disappointing.
I find myself wondering how this bridge would have been treated if it were a wooden covered bridge. Bet they wouldn't have demolished it then.
A temporary bridge was built next to this bridge when it was replaced. This temporary bridge should have instead been a permanent bridge, the historic bridge restored, and a one-way couplet of bridges formed.