Saturday January 19, 2013

ROCKINGHAM (AP) -- A celebration is being planned to mark the opening of a covered bridge built on the spot where its predecessor was swept away by the raging Williams River during flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

The new 168-foot Bartonsville bridge has been under construction just off Route 103 in the Bartonsville neighborhood of Rockingham for the last several months.

The original Bartonsville covered bridge was built in 1870. Its destruction during Irene on Aug. 28, 2011 was caught on video and it came to symbolize the damage Irene did across Vermont.

The ribbon cutting for the new bridge is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Jan. 26. A reception will follow in Chester.


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