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Vilas Bridge

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Vilas Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Quiet

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Overview
Open-Spandrel concrete arch bridge over Connecticut River on Bridge Street in Walpole
Location
Bellows Falls, Windham County, Vermont, and Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1931 by Robie Construction Co; rehabilitated 1974; Closed 2009
Builders
- New Hampshire Highway Department (Design)
- Robie Construction Co. of Manchester, New Hampshire (Fabrication)
Design
2 span Open-Spandrel Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 107.0 ft.
Total length: 230.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.13528, -72.44000   (decimal degrees)
43°08'07" N, 72°26'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/708207/4779018 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bellows Falls
Inventory number
BH 24829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2011)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
6,500

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 9, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added builders
  • November 3, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Noted that this bridge is an open-spandrel design, that its currentley closed, and added pictures
  • November 8, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Name correction

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Comments 

Vilas Bridge
Posted August 18, 2016, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

7 years on and this exceptional example of an Open-Spandrel concrete arch bridge is still closed awaiting a rehabilitation. It looks like it might take action form the courts to determine who actually owns this bridge (and thus who is on the line for repairs):

http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2016-06-02/Front_Page/Federal...

In the plus column, the article talks positively about the historic value of this bridge and the need for a rehab. Lets hope preservation wins out...

Vilas Bridge
Posted January 11, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

VPR podcast on recent efforts to move up the rehab.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/nh-rejects-vt-s-offer-repair-vil...

Vilas Bridge
Posted November 9, 2013, by Mike Mulligan (steamshovel2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Come on, don't get me going again!

Villas Bridge
Posted November 8, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mary, I believe you are referring to the Vilas

Pics here - http://preservationinpink.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/vilas-bri...

It's in a beautiful and storied spot, the site of Col. Hale's 1796 span. Background here - http://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/high-water/ - http://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/a-chasm-vast-an...

I'm going to edit this page - The spelling of the name needs correction, and the county needs changing, all bridges over the Connecticut belong to and are the financial responsibility of NH, so if it were to be listed in but one county that would better be Cheshire.

VALE BRIDGE WALPOLE NH
Posted November 8, 2013, by MARY C. HOLMES (mholmes [at] dot [dot] state [dot] nh [dot] us)

JUST BELOW THE BRIDGE STREET BRIDGE IS ANOTHER HISTORIC BRIDGE CALLED THE [VALE BRIDGE] BUILT IN 1930'S. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST ARCHED BRIDGES MADE ALL OF CONCRETE. THE BRIDGE IS CLOSED AT THIS TIME AND PLANS ARE TO FIX THE PROBLEMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THIS BRIDGE CROSSES A LARGE CHASAM FOR OVER FLOW OF THE CONNETICUTT RIVER. RUNS PARRELL WITH RAIL ROAD BRIDGE AND SITS JUST SOUTH OF IT. I WISH I HAD PICTURES OF IT. BUT I DO NOT AT THIS TIME.

YOU CAN GO TO GOOGLE EARTH AND SEE IT. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted September 14, 2009, by Deborah Wright (safetyguaranteed [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge has been closed for months-no through traffic