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Quinlan's Covered Bridge 45-04-03


Quinlan Covered Bridge

Photo taken by John Borthwick in October 2010

BH Photo #188551


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Charlotte ó The historic circa-1849 Quinlan's Covered Bridge is getting a much needed facelift this spring and summer. The $872,000 renovation project began during the first week off March. The heavily traveled bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

#The bridge, also known as either the Lower Lewis Creek Covered Bridge or Sherman Covered Bridge, is located in rural Charlotte. It spans Lewis Creek just off Spear Street Extension on Monkton Road in southern Chittenden County.

#The multiple names of the bridge have a curious history: Quinlan, according to state historical records, is linked to John Quinlan who lived nearby; the Sherman family also lived in the neighborhood and owned and operated a large sawmill. The Sherman mill stood along the creek near the bridge during the 1800s.

#Motorists are being detoured a long distance, via North Ferrisburgh, in order to cross Lewis Creek during the construction project. While an inconvenience to residents and tourists for the time bring, the bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in August.

#Wright Construction of Mt. Holly, Vt., a firm which specializes in covered-bridge restoration, used a large crane to raise the roof this week.

#According to Joe Poston, senior project manager at Wright Construction, the roof was lifted two feet in order for construction workers to replace the span's top chord.

#"We're replacing the bridge's top and bottom chords as well as the wooden truss," Poston said. "In addition were replacing the bottom steel beamsówhich were installed during the 1970sówith heavy duty galvanized steel beams. With these new beams, the bridge will be able to safely support school buses and town trucks."

#Rebuilding venerable New England covered bridges is old hat for Wright Construction.

#In 2011, the skilled Rutland County firm restored the Gifford Covered Bridge in Randolph, Vt. At the same it's working on the Charlotte bridge, a company team is renovating what is known as "the Mother of New England Covered Bridges", the nearly 400-foot-long, historic Bath Village Bridge in New Hampshire.


Covered Burr arch bridge over Lewis Creek on C3039 in Charlotte
East Charlotte, Chittenden County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Built 1849; Rehabilitated 2013
- Wright Construction (2013 Rehabilitation)
Burr / Tied Arch : Variant - The Arch rings terminate at the Chord as opposed to the typ terminus at an Abutment Springstone
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1974
Also called
Lower Lewis Creek Bridge
Lewis Creek Bridge
Sherman Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.27631, -73.18383   (decimal degrees)
44°16'35" N, 73°11'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/644932/4904166 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Philo
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74000208 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-04-03 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 33947 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 77.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • August 26, 2016: New Street View added by Dave King
  • August 26, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • May 22, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Imported correct NBI info; previous info was for a different bridge.
  • May 12, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • May 10, 2014: Updated by Will Truax: Corrected truss type and added related information
  • May 10, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated that restoration is completed and Bridge is now open
  • June 14, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected typos, added restoration


  • John Borthwick
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Loxton
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody