Historic Bridge in Vermont Rebuilt

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The Bartonsville Bridge in Vemont has been rebuilt.

Look at any tourism snapshot of Vermont and you’re bound to see the rustic, Bartonsville Bridge.

Originally built in 1870, for nearly a century and a half the picturesque 151-foot long crossing served as the gateway to Lower Bartonsville.

The wooden covered, lattice truss-styled bridge with arched openings was set over a river. It was stunning, completely reflective of quintessential peaceful Vermont.

In 2011, Hurricane Irene flooding caused the rising river to push the bridge right off of its pilings. The terrible moment was caught on video, allowing people all over the world to witness the structure traveling downstream.

Plans for a replacement bridge were soon in the making.

Funded by both insurance, the federal government and private donors, the new overpass opened on January 26th 2013.

Built by the local firm, Cold River Bridges, workers spent 7 days a week for more than a year on its construction

Made to replicate the original, the slightly longer re-creation is comprised of more than 2,000 trunnels or pins holding the signature lattice work in place along with yellow pine, oak and Douglas fir woods.