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Poland Bridge Restoration Progress [WGN
November 6, 2003 - Reconstruction of the truss continues at the north end of the bridge
and has begun on the south end.
A slight delay was caused last week when heavy rains
brought the Lamoille River out-of-banks making it difficult for the construction crew to move
around the bridge. The surrounding fields and roadway were under water. The water level
actually came within seven-inches of reaching the bridge, said Jim Ligon, construction
The crew is working hard to retain as much of the
historic bridge fabric as possible. However, as work proceeds, more rot and damage is being
uncovered requiring original wood to be replaced by new. A case in point, noted Ligon, an earlier
reconstruction altered many of the knee-braces: The tenons were cut off and the knee-braces were
reinstalled with nails. This contributed to the severe racking found on the bridge, Ligon said.
| The first three panels of the north end of each truss are
very nearly completed.|
Photo by Joe Nelson, Nov. 6,
Note the replaced knee-braces, correcting a problem caused by a prior
Photo by Joe
Nelson, Nov. 6, 2003
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© 2003 Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
This file posted November 9, 2003