Bartonsville Covered Bridge found downstream
Video From Youtube
Caught on tape: Irene's flooding takes out bridge
Video From Youtube
Tropical storm Irene in caused the river to flood an on 2011 Aug 28 the bridge was washed 0.5 miles downstream. On November 1, 2011 the Rockingham select board agreed to build a new covered bridge at the site. The new bridge opened 2013 Jan 26
It seems the signs are made from boards recovered from the old bridge. :)
Like Art said, web navigation is easier if the new is on the same page as the old.
But I have been digging some more. The new bridge is longer, wider, higher, and uses laminated lumber for some of the high load components. The abutments are fully modern construction with steel piles to bedrock. So the new one clearly is not an 1870 bridge.
I'm glad they choose to build a timber bridge with the same type truss and similar construction technics - but I'm beginning to think the new one can't be on the same listing as the old one - except as a related bridge.
An accurate recreation of a bridge recently washed away by a storm is about as good as it gets given the circumstances. If they took a few planks off the old bridge and incorporated them into this bridge, would it be considered a 'restoration' of the original? - that's what the do with old planes. Thus, my first argument is to keep it with the original because it is a bridge built to the original's specs in the original location so there is continuity.
My second argument is keep it together for ease of website navigation.
Why are there five photos of other covered bridges located in other states on this page???
Anyway - since it seems the new bridge at this location is new construction, I'm thinking it should not be a part of this page, bug get it's own new page - if it gets a page at all as it's certainly not historic now!
On a positive note:
The Bartonsville Bridge was replicated and has reopened:
Video footage of the actual washout available here:
This one was also lost to Irene