Fitchs Covered Bridge -- NY 32-13-02 The Fitchs Covered Bridge was awarded an
Award of Merit from the American Plywood Association (APA) under the 2002 National Timber
Bridge Award Program. This competition is held annually to recognize those structures that
represent the premier timber bridge projects in the nation. Many outstanding bridges were
considered for this award and 15 winners were chosen. The APA awards recognized two other
covered bridges, but Fitchs was the only rehabilitation of an existing covered bridge. The others
were new bridges.
Bridges which received awards in this competition
were specifically designed to enhance and protect the delicate environments they span.
Congratulations to Delaware County, and especially to Wayne Reynolds, Commissioner of Public
Works and Phil Pierce, Deputy Commissioner of Engineering for their determination and
dedication to preserving Delaware County's Covered Bridges.
Halcottsville Covered Bridge - NY- 32-13-?? - What ever happened to the new
covered bridge that was supposed to be built in Halcottsville? It is still in the works but being
bogged down by legal issues which hopefully, should be resolved soon. More to follow on this
bridge as soon as these issues are resolved.
Buskirk Covered Bridge -- NY 32-42-02/58-04 According to Willie Grimmke,
Superintendent of Public Works for Washington County, the Historic Preservation Office has
signed off on the rehabilitation plans for the Buskirk Covered Bridge. The NY State Department
of Transportation is currently reviewing the design work, and negotiations with the utility
company are underway regarding the power lines near the bridge. Bids for the rehabilitation work
will be open late this summer. Rensselaer and Washington Counties are exploring the feasibility
of a temporary bridge while Buskirk is under construction.
The Rexleigh and Eagleville Covered Bridges will be
rehabbed on the same schedule as Buskirk.
Salisbury Center Covered Bridge - NY 32-22-01 According to Peter Usselmann,
Chairman of the Planning Board in Salisbury Center, they are waiting for approval of the plans by
the NY State Department of Transportation. Hopefully, bids for the work will go out in July with
the rehabilitation to take place between August and November 2003. By the time of the next
newsletter, we should have more news on this project.
Newfield Covered Bridge -- NY 32-55-01 The Newfield Covered Bridge will be
celebrating its 150th Anniversary on July 26th from 2-5 p.m. There will be local entertainment,
lots of covered bridge memorabilia, raffles and also an ice cream social. Various organizations
are turning out for this exciting event. One of the highlights of the day will be the presentation of
the State and National Register of Historic Places plaque. The Newfield Covered Bridge was put
on the State Register on December 21, 1999 and on the National Register, February 25, 2000.
So, mark your calendars for July 26, 2003 and don't miss this exciting event.
New York State Driving Tour -- Although there never seems to be enough time in
our day, this project continues to go well. Mapping of the preliminary route is almost complete
and will soon be sent to those who volunteered to take the tour. The feedback they provide will
be invaluable as we continue with this project.
First National Covered Bridge Conference: Best Practices, Care and Repair --I was
extremely fortunate to be able to attend the first ever, National Covered Bridge Preservation
Conference in Burlington, VT in June. It was an excellent program and although I would love to
share everything I learned with you, that just isn't possible.
Each track I attended was great, but in my personal
opinion, and because of my strong interest in covered bridge preservation, I felt the most
interesting was Fire Protection and Fire Prevention on Covered Bridges presented
by Robert H. Durfee, P.E. of Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Inc. This paper summarizes the
findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the New Hampshire Covered Bridge Task Force
that was formed in 1993 to respond to numerous covered bridge fires. I'm confident covered
bridge organizations and enthusiasts will find this material extremely helpful as we
continue in our efforts to preserve and protect our covered bridges.
Project: Covered Spans of Yesteryear -- Our lost covered bridge project
now has an 'official' name. A special thanks to Bill Cockrell from Salem, Oregon and Bill Caswell
from Concord, New Hampshire for stepping up to assist with this project. For those of you who
don't know, Bill Cockrell is the Newsletter Editor for The Bridge Tender, Oregon's official
Covered Bridge Publication. Bill Caswell supervises the CAD/D (Computer Aided
Design/Drafting) Section at the New Hampshire DOT and brings a wealth of computer
knowledge and expertise to this project. Thanks to both of you for all you have done to get this
project off the ground. If you would be interested in researching information on past covered
bridges for Project: Covered Spans of Yesteryear for your state, (or adopt
another state) we would certainly welcome your assistance. For more information, feel free to
email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.