This is the only known surviving example of a half-through lenticular truss, and it also has a pony truss lenticular approach span. The bridge was closed to traffic in 1983, but in 2006 it was heavily retrofitted and rehabilitated and reopened to traffic. Load-bearing stringers were added in between truss lines. The trusses themselves are today decorative only. The loss of function and loss of all but the stubbed ends of the original built-up floorbeams represent significant losses to the historic integrity. However, the truss lines themselves retain good historic integrity and still visually convey the same general visual appearance and arrangement. Thus the project is an interesting compromise solution. Perhaps less alteration could have been achieved by restoration for pedestrian use only, but this solution allows the original experience of driving over the bridge to remain.
Above: The previous bridge at this location was an 1813 covered bridge.
Above: These photos from the Historic American Engineering Record show the bridge prior to rehabilitation. Click/tap for enlargement.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Trusses Converted To Decorative
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