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Cambridge Jct. Bridge Damaged
|Cambridge Jct. Bridge Damaged|
Photo by Joe Nelson, January 28, 2011
CAMBRIDGE VT, January 25, 2011 - The base of the brace in the fifth panel from the Route 15 end on the downstream side was found broken off. There is also severe damage to the timber curb.
Local authorities believe the damage was done sometime in October just before the bridge was closed for the season when a vehicle jumped the curb.
The Cambridge Select Board is reported to be studying the problem. According to the News & Citizen of Morrisville, Vt., the board has received bids from Blow and Cote Inc. and CCS Constructors, LLC.
In addition to the repair of the brace, the timber curb may be replaced with a higher barrier.
It was also reported that a Vermont State Police Investigation into who damaged the bridge resulted in no leads or suspects.
The 153-foot Cambridge Junction Bridge, also known as the Poland Bridge, was built in 1887 by George Washington Holmes to cross the Lamoille River in a single span using a multiple king post truss with Burr arch. The bridge was restored in 2004.
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Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
This file posted 01/29/2011