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Bridgewater Corners Bridge


Closed VT 100A Ottauquechee River Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009


BH Photo #147779

Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Ottauquechee River on VT 100A ALT in Bridgewater
Windsor County, Vermont
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1928; rehabilitated 1975; Replaced by similar bridge 2011
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 110.9 ft.
Total length: 112.9 ft.
Deck width: 21.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1992
Also called
Ottauquechee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.58681, -72.65684   (decimal degrees)
43°35'13" N, 72°39'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/689162/4828649 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92001525 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 34097 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 89.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status per forum post
  • September 9, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 17, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge has been closed to traffic

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Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like demolition and replacement to me. Vermont probably thought the covered bridge preservation approach (replace everything and keep calling it historic) was OK with this metal truss bridge as well. Its not. I agree with the observation about Checkered House... that one remains historic.

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not quite, the Checkered House bridge retained as much of the original material as possible during its rehabilitation & widening. The original overhead bracing is still there, with the added material quite distinct (which I appreciate, despite its uneven appearance, as you can still see where the original truss line was). Rivets are still plentiful as well, with only necessary replacements being done. Overall there is enough material to still justify the '29 build date.

I didn't see anything like that on this bridge to hint at its past.

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Did this one get the same treatment as the Checkered House Bridge?

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm hoping to get some input from my peers on how exactly to classify this bridge, as its been making my head hurt. Most likely me just overthinking it...but I like good bridge data :P

This bridge was completely rebuilt in 2011, and its hard to tell how much (if any) is original. The bridge is significantly wider then it used to be (add almost 10 feet to the width), and I couldn't find a single rivet on the entire structure...everything was bolts. The style of the bridge was retained/replicated, with the rebuilt overhead bracing still being built up members (again with bolts though) and the truss web still being the same style.

And thus my quandary: keep it as a single entry and go with "completely rebuilt 2011", or list the old one as "lost" and set up a new entry for this bridge. NBI lists the build date as 2011, reflecting that this is pretty much a new bridge that just looks like the old one.

Thoughts either way?

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted June 17, 2014, by ben of the marsh

Din't think it'd get updated so fast. Wow. Thanks Luke.

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted June 17, 2014, by ben of the marsh

August 2012: the street view car goes over the bridge. LEGALLY. Need I say more?

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted June 17, 2014, by Anonymous

Street view, august 2012: it's back in business! Open to traffic!

Bridgewater Corners Bridge
Posted September 9, 2011, by J.P.

thought how is a bailey truss better for traffic in this situation?