Sunday, February 21, 2010

Meriden Covered Bridge #24

Location: One mile northwest of N.H. Route 120 in Meriden Village on Colby Hill Road spanning Blood Brook in the town of Plainfield.
Style of Bridge: Multiple Kingpost Truss
Year of Construction: 1880
Original Cost: $685
Structural Characteristics: The bridge is 80'0' long with clear spans of 36'9" and 29'3". It has an overall width of 16'7" with a roadway width of 13'3", and a maximum vertical clearance of 13'3". The bridge is posted for six tons.
Maintained By: Town of Plainfield
World Guide Number: 29-10-08
New Hampshire Number: 24

Historical Remarks:

The current bridge is the third one on this site. The previous two were open timber structures. The present bridge was built by James Tasker for a fee of $465. Levi Sanderson was paid $220 for building the bridge abutments. After being damaged by Hurricane Carol on August 30, 1954, it was repaired at a cost of $3,000. In 1963, the bridge was rebuilt and steel beams were introduced to carry a load of fifteen tons. This is thought to be the first covered bridge in New Hampshire to be repaired under the state's Town Bridge Aid program. In the spring 1977, heavy snows caused the roof to cave in. The repairs cost $8,296. In 1985, the state repaired the substructure for $57,000. The bridge is also know as Mill Bridge. The Meriden Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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1 comment:

  1. I love covered bridges--very cool! We don't have many around here, but I used to see them often in New England.

    I liek the frozen water droplets below, too.


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