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Twin Bridge 45-11-10

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Twin Bridge

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Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2016

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BH Photo #352528

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Description 

When it came time to build a bridge across the East Creek in 1849 the notable local bridgewright Nichols Powers was called upon and built a small span across the creek. A flood the next year cut a new channel north of the original bridge, requiring another bridge be built. Nichols was again called upon and built a second span across the new channel, with the original span remaining in place. The middle "pier" was a 15 foot section of land between the old and new channels, thus giving these bridges the name of "twin bridges".

The structures remained in service until 1947, when a dam in nearby East Pittsford failed and caused a massive flood. the southern 1849 span was destroyed, but the northern 1850 span was recovered, and was converted into a town garage.

Facts 

Overview
Covered Town lattice truss bridge
Location
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1850 by Nichols M. Powers; Washed away by 1947 flood; Converted to town garage
Builder
- Nichols Montgomery Powers
Design
Town lattice through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 63.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.64860, -72.97271   (decimal degrees)
43°38'55" N, 72°58'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/663493/4834842 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 71953 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2016: Added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

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