"The general project description is: rehabilitation of the existing Union Village Covered Bridge and the addition of new glulam floor support beams on reinforced concrete foundations," explains Sue Scribner, Project Manager of VAOT's Historic Bridge Program.
"Some specifics for member replacement include replacement of a portion of the bottom chord on both the north and south trusses as well as replacement of a few vertical members in each truss. The roof rafters will also need to be replaced. A new glulam deck will be installed on glulam stringers and floor beams. Of special note, a new copper roof will be installed as well as interior lighting.
The low bid price was $609,213 and was submitted by Alpine Construction. The resident engineer is Tom Chase and the VTrans project manager is Warren Tripp.
"The project is to be substantially completed in mid-September with traffic re-opened, although some work such as the roof installation and approach paving will not be completed and will be on-going. The project completion date is in mid-November.
"Special funding for 100% of the project construction costs was received through the special efforts of Senator James Jeffords."
The Glulam decking is somewhat in place already. Three floor beams and four more short panels have to go in place after removing an oversize backwall on the far end -- Tom Chase
Photo by Tom Chase 8/13/02