Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taftsville Covered Bridge - Woodstock, Vermont


The Taftsville Covered Bridge crosses the Ottauquechee River. We’re in Woodstock, Vermont.

Build in 1836, it’s one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont.



It’s stretches 189 feet over two spans, with a Multiple Kingpost truss. It was renovated in the 1950s, more repairs in the 1990s. Artists like to paint it. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.



These pictures are from before.

In August this year, it was battered by rising floodwaters when the storm Irene made a rude and impromptu visit to New England. Though still standing, it’s unsafe for auto traffic now and closed. Here is a brief video clip showing the bridge standing up to the raging Ottauquechee. Before this, it was slated to undergo further renovation.



Plans at this point are for repairs next summer. Life goes on after storms, and sometimes, so do covered bridges.




2 comments:

John Hayes said...

I know that bridge! Glad to hear it survived, even if it was damaged. Great photos & video clip--thanks!

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, John, thanks. I hope they can fix it up next summer.