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Bowers Covered Bridge 45-14-11

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Bowers Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Jack Schmidt July 5, 2011

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BH Photo #274537

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Description 

Exact age of the bridge is unknown. NBI gives 1890, but most covered bridge sources give either 1903 (not as common) and 1919 (more common)

Facts 

Overview
Wooden arch bridge over Mill Brook on C3037 in West Windsor
Location
Windsor County, Vermont
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built c.1919; Washed off abutments 2011; Restored 2012; Damaged by overweight truck & rehabilitated 2014
Builder
- Jan Lewandoski (2014 rehabilitation)
Design
Timber through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 45.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1973
Also called
Brownsville
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.46135, -72.49072   (decimal degrees)
43°27'41" N, 72°29'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/702994/4815107 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Windsor
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73000211 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-14-11 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 34086 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
50

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added photos. Noted unknown status of exact build date
  • August 24, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 18, 2016: New photo from John Borthwick
  • February 17, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt

Sources 

  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • John Borthwick
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Mill Brook Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Christian,

The bridge you and the article are pointing to is this bridge in Connecticut: http://www.bridgehunter.com/ct/new-london/bh44676/ and by the way, those news articles about the bridge have been misleading. Its the oldest stone bridge in Connecticut, but not the USA. Choate Bridge http://www.historicbridges.org/massachusetts/choate/ and Frankford Avenue Bridge both have it beat: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/philadelphia/frankford-avenue/

Mill Brook Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by Christian (trooperboots [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was washed away by flooding. It was the oldest known free-standing stone bridge in America. Here is the article...

http://www.wfsb.com/weather/23014324/detail.html