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Brookfield Floating Bridge Restricted to Pedestrian Use

first_imgBrookfield Floating Bridge Restricted to Pedestrian UseMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced May 15, 2008, that the Brookfield Floating Bridge along Route 65 over Sunset Lake will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic for the foreseeable future.VTrans closes the bridge to vehicular traffic each winter. When the Agency went to reopen the wooden bridge this spring, it showed a loss of buoyancy and settling into the water. The Agency determined it to be unsafe for vehicular traffic, but can remain open to pedestrian use.The 330-foot bridge, which uses 380 flotation devices to remain on top of the water, was last reconstructed in 1978 using a combination of new wood as well as material from the preexisting structure, which dated back to 1936.”The wood, some of which is now more than 70 years old, along with the flotation devices have become waterlogged to the point where the bridge is beginning to sink,” said VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville.”Unfortunately a simple fix is not possible, and we will have to close to bridge to vehicles indefinitely.”Motorists using Route 65 will be detoured 2.7 miles along local streets, the same detour that is used during the winter when the bridge is traditionally closed.last_img

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