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Taftsville Historic Covered Bridge Reopens

A historic and highly important bridge reopened after being damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.
TAFTSVILLE, Vt. - A historic and highly important bridge reopened after being damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

Saturday was a day to celebrate the reopening of the Taftsville historic covered bridge.

"We all became painfully aware of how important it was when we didn't have it anymore," says Charlie Wilson, president of the Woodstock Historical Society.

The bridge was built 175 years ago and connected Route 4 with communities across the Ottauquechee River.

In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene severely damaged the bridge and forced it to be closed.

"For two years our business has been down by close to 40-percent," says Courtney Brooks, the co-owner of the Taftsville Country Store.

Without the bridge there were long detours. Now it's a quick drive or walk for customers.

"To have the bridge open is life saving for us," says Brooks.

Reopening the bridge has not been easy or cheap. Wilson pegs the cost at $2.5-million for construction.

"It was painfully slow and it needed to be painfully slow. It was a major operation," says Wilson.

Now Wilson says he hopes the improved bridge lasts another 175-years.

"It's seldom you get to celebrate a bridge to the past, the present, and the future," says Brian Searles, Vermont Secretary of Transportation.

The bridge is one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont.
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