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Machia Road Bridge


Machia Road Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2014


BH Photo #282514


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2 span Pratt through truss bridge over Missisquoi River on C3006 in Highgate
Highgate, Franklin County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2018
Built 1928
2 span riveted Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 143.1 ft.
Total length: 292.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.92722, -72.98750   (decimal degrees)
44°55'38" N, 72°59'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/658816/4976835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sheldon Springs
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory number
BH 33960 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 13, 2016: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • June 30, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • April 21, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • December 28, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.



Machia Road Bridge
Posted May 13, 2016, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

I was surprised to see this bridge still standing with no sign of construction, as its been on the docket for demolish and replacement for a while now. In looking into it, there seems to have been a proposed change of plans to utilize a new alignment next to the old bridge (link added in sources). The original plan called for demolishing the truss and replacing, which would have required a lengthy detour.

The new alignment is straight and offers better visibility and roadway alignment, but it goes through an existing house, so acquiring the new ROW will take time, with the current projected date being 2018 at the earliest.

If they proceed on this new alignment though, it should open the idea of leaving the existing truss span in place, instead of demolishing. It would be a tough sell, as standard practice is not to bypass/abandon here in VT (I can only think of 1 such example in the state), however this bridge is significant as a example of a multi-span through truss, the likes of which are all but extinct here.