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Historic Vt covered bridge to close for repairs

January 1, 2012
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—An historic Vermont covered bridge is closing for repairs.

The Pulp Mill Covered Bridge between Middlebury and Weybridge is scheduled to close on Tuesday and remain closed through mid-November.

The bridge across the Otter Creek was built in 1820 and is one of only a handful of two-lane or doubled-barreled covered bridges in the country.

The work will include replacing the deteriorated bridge members, installing new siding and a metal roof, repairing the substructure and rebuilding the roadway approach.

A pedestrian bridge nearby will stay open for much of the construction, except on days when it must be closed to allow a crane working on the covered bridge to operate safely.

The project is expected to cost about $1.6 million.

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