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Chicken Farm Road Bridge

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Description 

This bridge was featured in the 1988 movie "Bettlejuice" when a wooden cover was added to it to make it appear as a covered bridge. For a few frames during the car accident scene the Canton Bridge builders plate can be seen attached to the original lattice guardrails inside the bridge. At some point after 1988 the lattice guardrails were replaced with standard modern guardrails.

Despite the association with the movie, this bridge was notable as an excellent example of a simple small scale bridge built by a renowned bridge company.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Tabor Branch Waits River on Chicken Farm Rd. (C3016)
Location
East Corinth, Orange County, Vermont
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1912 by Canton Bridge Co; Replaced 2016
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.06425, -72.22272   (decimal degrees)
44°03'51" N, 72°13'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/722428/4882759 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 74505 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2013)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
80

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2016: Added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

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

Comments 

Chicken Farm Road Bridge
Posted November 28, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

You might be a pontist if family movie night is paused, rewound, and zoomed in because you spotted a builders plate. Thankfully the kids and wife are used to things like this...

The quality of the youtube video isn't enough to read it, but you can at least spot the plate and enjoy the long lost lattice railing.

https://youtu.be/Y0y9zAbX5ts?t=28

It looks like the bridge was replaced this year. Terrible shame, it would have been the only extant Canton Bridge Co. product in VT. But if this shows anything though, there are still notable things to be found!