Rockingham Inches Toward Repairing Historic Covered Bridge

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The town of Rockingham continues to make plans to replace the Bartonsville Bridge.

A video of the historic covered bridge crashing downstream during Tropical Storm Irene went viral on the Web and became an icon of the destruction caused by the storm.

At a select board meeting last week in Rockingham, an engineer said that the final replacement plans are nearly complete. Officials estimate it will cost $1.6 million to rebuild the bridge.

Once the project begins, the new bridge will be rolled across a temporary one, then cribbed and raised while the ends of the temporary bridge are disassembled and removed.

Rockingham’s Select Board expects to award a bid for the project in May. Construction is expected to take until the end of the year.

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