July 16, 2003 - I am writing to update you on the progress on one of our covered bridge projects.
The Brighton Pedestrian Bridge is a new 111 foot long Howe Truss Wooden Covered Bridge being built in Brighton (Island Pond), VT. The bridge includes roof framing over existing stairs at the north end of the bridge and covered elevated stairs to the south. The bridge in a way "replaces", a wooden (uncovered) pedestrian bridge that was torn down in the 1970's. The bridge connects two sections of Town that are bisected by two active railroad lines. The bridge is supported by a timber pier at one end and a concrete abutment at the other and utilizes Howe trusses. Due to railroad height requirements, the bridge deck will be approximately 25 feet above grade and will afford wonderful views of the surrounding area.
The general contractor for the project is RC Contractors with Mitchell Mountain Company providing the timber framing. Completion of the bridge is scheduled for October 2003 and is being funded by the Town and the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
North Abutment with partial roof framing over existing stairs
South approach stairs and piers
Bridge trusses closer view
Sean T. James, P.E.
Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.
150 Dow Street
Manchester, NH 03101