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Hump Bridge

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Hump Bridge

Eastern approach

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in March 2017

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BH Photo #381087

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Description 

This is thought to be Vermont's first bridge made out of concrete, albeit for pedestrian use (the first concrete highway bridge wouldn't be until a 1902 culvert). It formerly had a companion span to the west that has long since been demolished

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Allen Brook on Sidewalk
Location
Williston, Chittenden County, Vermont
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1896 by Henry Root; Rehabilitated 1995
Builder
- Henry Root
Design
Elliptical closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Total length: 38.0 ft.
Deck width: 5.0 ft.
Also called
Williston Pedestrian bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.43704, -73.06557   (decimal degrees)
44°26'13" N, 73°03'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/653949/4922235 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 75526 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added pictures; Noted local name; Noted rehab date
  • February 8, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • NRHP form - Nomination for the Williston historic district, that includes this structure.

Comments 

Williston Pedestrian bridge
Posted February 8, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice discovery. There are some small, unassuming bridges out there with strong significance. Looks can be deceiving.

Williston Pedestrian bridge
Posted February 8, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Curious if aggregate is river rounded or crushed. Anecdotally river gravel concrete around here holds up better than more modern crushed.

Williston Pedestrian bridge
Posted February 8, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Never would've guessed that this was any sort of significant, having driven by it more times then I can count. Turns out its (as far as anyone can tell) the first concrete bridge to have been built in VT. And a pre-1900 concrete bridge as well makes it a rare find. I'll have to document it the next time I'm in that area!