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Island Line Trail - Winooski River Bridge


Island Line Trail - Winooski River Bridge

Northern approach.

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2016


BH Photo #351814



This Bridge was built in 2004 along the old alignment of the Rutland Railroads Islands Line, which has been converted into a multi-use pedestrian path. The original bridge at this location was a 3 span structure lost in the Great Flood of 1927. It was replaced in 1928 by a 2 span structure that served until the lines abandonment in the early 60's. In 1972 the span was scrapped, but the piers remained. When the line was converted to a path, a small bike ferry operated at this location to connect the two sections. Rehabilitating the old piers, this new bridge was fabricated and placed on top of them, with the 2 through spans accounting for the original spans, and a approach span being added on the south side


Pratt through truss bridge over Winooski River on Island Line trail (Former Rutland Railroad alignment)
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont
Open to pedestrians only
Built 2004 (Piers date to 1928)
2 span Pratt through truss with arched upper chord and a single Pratt pony approach span with arched upper chord
Length of largest span: 225.0 ft.
Total length: 570.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.53071, -73.27313   (decimal degrees)
44°31'51" N, 73°16'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/637210/4932270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Colchester Point
Inventory number
BH 71866 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2016: Added by Michael Quiet


  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com


Island Line Trail - Winooski River Bridge
Posted April 18, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


As its a modern truss, I'm not sure it really matters but, I don't think we can justify calling it a Pratt through truss. Stylistically, its a bowstring but I doubt it functions as a true bowstring from the old days.

That said, its nice to see the crossing complete and something bowstring-like used.


Art S.