The picturesque village green of Newfane, VT.
A Replacement Bridge
Sometimes in transportation, our bridges cannot be saved (which can only be said after a Section 4(f) evaluation). Reasons often relate to safety or structural deficiency or loss of integrity, among other items. It’s a complex law and evaluation. Large bridges like the Champlain Bridge are rare projects; often bridge projects are much smaller.
Remember the Newfane Bridge?
Recently I drove through Newfane and saw its replacement. It was a historic bridge located within a historic district. To the public this means that a bridge replacement (if determined to be the only feasible and prudent alternative) will be a context sensitive solution; i.e., compatible with its surroundings.
New bridges will not look like the old bridges due to engineering designs, traffic safety, modern vehicles, modern materials, etc. How do you, as a historic preservationist, or a community member feel about historic bridge replacement?
Sending some Christmas cheer from Vermont, historic bridge style. Combining inspiration from Preservation Photos #110 and #111, here is a concrete post & metal tube railing bridge located in the Village of South Newfane. These photographs were taken on a rainy December day, but the lack of sun allowed the bridge details and the color of the concrete and metal to pop. Take a look at this lovely bridge.
What do you think of such bridges? Are you ready to love them, too?
Preservation Photos #110
In Vermont you can find white road signs like those above and brown wooden (seemingly hand carved) road signs among the modern era green directional signs.