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Route 127 Pedestrian Overpass

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Route 127 Pedestrian Overpass

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in February 2015

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BH Photo #316492

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Description 

Built in 1984 across the newly built Belt line Highway (route 127), This bridge has been effectively derelict/abandoned since its construction. When route 127 was constructed it passed through the Winooski Valley Park District, which encompassed the Ethan Allen Homestead. Per Federal Regulations (since the land was purchased with Federal money) a bridge had to be constructed across the highway connecting the two segments of the park.

The problem though is that the segment that was to be connected with the rest of the park was a small area on a steep ridge, abutting private property. Therefore, while the bridge had to be built per Federal Regulations, it never had anywhere to go. Thus the bridge has been abandoned since being built.

Despite having no purpose, the bridge still has a significant amount of aesthetic value, representing a beautiful use of a timber through arch. Though abandoned for such a long time the bridge is still in very good condition

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned timber through arch bridge over Vermont route 127 on Pedestrian Path
Location
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1984 by the VDOT
Builders
- Rich Ranaldo (VDoT designer)
- Vermont Department of Transportation (Fabricators)
Design
Timber through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 202.1 ft.
Also called
Vermonts "Bridge to Nowhere"
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.50520, -73.23298   (decimal degrees)
44°30'19" N, 73°13'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/640461/4929505 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Colchester
Inventory number
BH 66131 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com