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The Coventry Covered Bridge - Replacement

Irasburg, VT
WGN Number: 45-10-02#2

Black River covered bridge
Coventry Covered Bridge
Photo by Ceegee's Photos © 2018

The Coventry Bridge is one of only three spans in Vermont using the intricate Paddleford truss and the only one serving daily traffic. Halloween arsonists burned down the original 116 year old bridge in 1997. Two Vermont men were found guilty of arson, fined and sentenced to perform community service. Two years later, and at a cost of approximately $400,000, the present near replica was officially opened on November 29, 1999. The former bridge was made of spruce, the current bridge is yellow pine.

The New Coventry Covered Bridge was built by Blow and Cote of Morrisville, Vermont to be an exact replica of the original. The VCBS archives have a number of articles about the construction of the new Coventry bridge: Irasburg's New Covered Bridge Opens to Traffic.

Click here for a short history of the Coventry Covered Bridge: A Short History of the Coventry Covered Bridge.

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The Coventry Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

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Town: Irasburg
Location: Coventry Road
Crossing: Black River
Date: 1999
Builder: Blow & Cote Morrisville, Vermont
Truss Type: Paddleford
Truss Length: 87 feet
Other Names: Lower / Orne

Credits: All pictures, information and descriptions are taken from Spanning Time Vermont's Covered Bridges by Joseph C. Nelson ©1997 and the World Guide to Covered Bridges - 2009 unless otherwise specified.

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