Union Village Covered Bridge VT-09-05 Rehab
August-September, 2002 - N. David Charkes of Fairlee, Vermont visited the work
site while Alpine Construction of Stillwater, New York was rehabilitating the 135-year old
wooden bridge. David brought his camera and his questions on August 29 and 30, and again on
September 6. The following are his photos and his captions.
General view from the west.
Roadway from the west.
New timbers, stacked.
New boards. Note destination sticker.
Bridge from SW side.
Crew preparing winch.
Attaching sling to timber (3 boards
Moving timber into place.
Pounding trunnels to secure timber.
Timber in place. Note separation between long timbers
over length of bridge and floor joists - timbers will later be pulled up to meet joists to create 13.5"
camber over horizontal at center. (Prior to repair, center had fallen 10.5" below
Moving next timber into place.
Aligning timber by pounding.
View of a vertical bolt through joist. Bolts will be tightened over length of bridge
to create camber.
One week later: View from the SW. Note that the long
timbers have been drawn up to the roadway joists to create a camber of 13.5" in
I got the information about the camber from the foreman (Jim