than a hundred people braved frigid temperatures Saturday to celebrate the
opening of the new Lower
Bartonsville covered bridge. The
single-lane, lattice-truss bridge is modeled on its 140 year old predecessor,
which was swept into the Williams River in Tropical Storm Irene.
a lot of people, their mental image of Tropical Storm Irene comes down to the 20-second video shot by Sue Hammond of Rockingham who captured the Bartonsville Covered
being swept away in the floodwaters. But the historic span has been rebuilt by engineers,
and will re-open this
Sue Hammond famously recorded as Tropical Storm Irene’s floodwaters crushed the Bartonsville Bridge and swept it down the Williams River. Now she’s documenting its reconstruction online.
A Windham County town is
planning to mark the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene by remembering the
loss of a local icon – the historic Bartonsville Covered
Bridge, which was swept away by floodwaters.
The town of Rockingham is going out to bid for bridge repairs, and
holding a series of community meetings to discuss options for the
historic Bartonsville Bridge, three weeks after Tropical Storm Irene
swept it down river.