NH covered bridge in Bath to close for a year
BATH, N.H. (AP) — The nearly 200-year-old covered bridge in Bath, N.H., is going to be shut down for about a year for major repair work.
The work is scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 28.
The bridge, which spans the Ammonoosuc River and connects West Bath Road with Bath Village, is one of the village’s best known landmarks. It was built in 1832 at a cost of $2,900, and it is the fifth bridge to stand on the site, after floods and a fire removed earlier ones. It is in the National Register of Historic Places.
Project Manager Sean James of the Manchester-based engineering firm, Hoyle, Tanner and Associates Inc., tells the Caledonian-Record (http://bit.ly/148fsex) the goal is to replace some of the rotted parts of the bridge, truss and roof, and put in new floor beams and a deck. He said the bridge will get a new metal roof and some new siding.
Bath voters approved $2.9 million for the project at Town Meeting in 2009.
Wright Construction Co. Inc., of Mt. Holly, Vt., the contractor for the work on the Haverhill-Bath Bridge, which, according to state transportation records is the oldest covered bridge in New Hampshire, will do the work on the Bath Bridge.
The last major repairs to the Bath Bridge were in 1987 or 1988, James said.
‘‘It’s been closed a couple of times for repairs and was closed a few years ago when ice jammed and damaged it,’’ said Pam Murphy, town administrative assistant.