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Waitsfield's Village Bridge Repairs Near Completion
Waitsfield, Vt., November, 2001 - The Village Bridge has been undergoing repairs
for the last few weeks. Traffic has resumed flowing across the old span since the first phase of the
work was completed when eight floor beams and the deck planking were replaced.
Work still to be done, explains Jan Lewandoski,
owner of Restoration and Traditional Building, is the replacement
of some broken timbers in the Burr Arch on the down-stream side and some work on the
walkway. There has been a delay in the work on the arch until the right timber was found.
"We replaced several joists that had become rotten,
mostly from moisture condensing or traveling down the spikes and lags,"said Lewandoski."To
replace the broken arch segments I had to find a large spruce
timber with the right natural curvature for the task, but I have it now. I blame the failure [of the
arch] on the cantilevered snow loads applied by the walkway added in the 1940's.
"I am also going to rectify the relationship of the floor
and roadway at the east end, by jacking the joists and truss slightly, to reduce impact loading.
"This is a remarkable bridge considering the heavy
traffic, relatively long span, great age, and largely unaltered form."
[Editor's note: The Village Bridge (WGN 45-12-14) was built in 1833 to span the Mad River
using a multiple-kingpost truss with Burr-arch.]
Upper Left Photo: The broken Burr Arch timbers.
Upper right: The specially sought curved-grain Spruce timber.
Lower left: The new through-bolts. Notice the square shanks. These are similar to the hand-
forged bolts made in the 1830s
Middle right: Jan Lewandoski and Mike Cotroneo remove the broken timbers.
Lower right: The curved-grain Spruce timber is shaped and ready to be fit into the Burr-
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This file posted June 10, 2001, revised November 28, 2001