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VTrans Home | Press Releases | Historic Covered Bridge In Townshend Closed Due To Safety Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2012
CONTACT: Brian Searles,
Secretary of Transportation
802-828-2657




Historic Covered Bridge In Townshend Closed Due To Safety Concerns

MONTPELIER, Vt— The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has closed the historic Scott Bridge in the Town of Townshend. A recent inspection led to the recommendation that the covered bridge be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians. Primarily a tourist destination, since Tropical Storm Irene, the bridge has been used as a school bus drop-off point and pedestrian crossing due to the closure of the nearby Townshend Dam Road.

“We understand the disruption this closure is going to cause the neighbors who have been using the bridge during the road closure,” said Transportation Secretary Brian Searles. “But public safety is our first responsibility and when a report recommends closure, we must act upon that recommendation.”

The bridge is owned by the Division for Historic Preservation and has been closed to vehicular traffic for many years. The Town of Townshend is working to replace a destroyed culvert and reopen Townshend Dam Road.