Lancaster, Pa. Feb. 28, 2011 - Lancaster County's covered bridges were designed in the 19th century for 19th century vehicles. Modern tractor-trailers, which stand 13 feet six inches tall, cannot fit through covered bridges with a maximum clearance of 11 feet.
But new federal regulations, which took effect at the beginning of the year, require testing bridges for all types of vehicles - even those that will never use the bridge.
Those regulations will add about $10,000 to the cost of any Lancaster County covered bridge that is rebuilt or reconditioned.
Federal Highway Administration regulations required analysis only for the types of vehicles that would use a bridge. New regulations require testing for all vehicles.
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[Our thanks to Tom Keating for sending this story - Ed.]