ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Residents in the Vermont town of Rockingham want the community to buy the remnants of an old covered bridge destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, to put up an informational kiosk at the site.
The Bartsonville Covered Bridge was built in 1870. Its foundation washed out and it floated down the Williams River during the Aug. 28, 2011 storm.
Selectboard member Susan Hammond has led an effort to assemble the informational center from the old bridge parts to tell the story of its history and of Bartonsville village.
‘‘There’s a lot of emotional attachment here with people who went across that bridge every day,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s also incredible wood, you want to see it go to good use and not, God forbid, burn it in a burn pile because that wood was standing here as trees when Vermont was settled. We’re talking about wood that old.’’
Rockingham officials are planning to consult with the Vermont League of Cities & Towns to negotiate a deal to buy the remnants, The Eagle-Times reports (http://bit.ly/14A5F5s).
The league, the municipality’s insurance agent, took possession of the remnants after the storm. A new bridge opened in January.
Information from: Eagle Times, http://www.eagletimes.com