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GonePecan
New Orleans Saints Fan
Southeast of disorder
Member since Feb 2011
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What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
Just saw one in Vermont going down in the flood and don't know what the purpose of the roof is.


Placebeaux
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Own private Idaho
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31545 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
dont know but that bridge was built in 1870. Sad.


Duckie
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Tippy Toe, Louisiana
Member since Apr 2010
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
To protect the wood bridge. Seriously. with no metal or concrete, the bridges were all wood. They needed to be protected from the elements to last longer.
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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
That's an interesting question.
Perhaps the roof protected the bridge from weathering to increase it's usable life.


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heehaw
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Member since May 2009
4584 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
To protect the wood from rotting too fast


Placebeaux
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Own private Idaho
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
perhaps because of the snow.


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StormTiger
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
probably had something to do with keeping it clear of snow in the winter too...


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TigerlandHusky
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
To prevent snow accumulation on the bridge.


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LSUballs
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Member since Feb 2008
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
Back in the days of horse drawn carriages, it was common practice to build bridges that were covered in the event that the travelers and their livestock were caught in instances of inclement weather.


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MSTiger33
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New York City
Member since Oct 2007
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
Snow


vl100butch
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Ridgeland, MS
Member since Sep 2005
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
couple of reasons...to keep them clear of snow and ice and so they would last longer...


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Polycarp
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Texas
Member since Feb 2009
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
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that bridge was built in 1870.. It does suck, I have been planning a vacation up there to photograph all of those old covered bridges


Chris4x4gill2
Alabama Fan
North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2439 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
There is an old covered bridge a few miles from here on one of the old county roads. I've never bee ndown there to see it though.


ksayetiger
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Centenary Gents
Member since Jul 2007
45881 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
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There is an old covered bridge a few miles from here on one of the old county roads. I've never bee ndown there to see it though.



thanks for the details of where it is


LSUballs
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RayVegas LA
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
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Chris4x4gill2


You mean to tell me Chris4x4gill was taken?


Chris4x4gill2
Alabama Fan
North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2439 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
I had to go look up the info.

Clarkson Covered Bridge


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Chris4x4gill2
Alabama Fan
North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2439 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
yes, it was actually.


Ric Flair
LSU Fan
Charlotte
Member since Oct 2005
8209 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
Besides the obvious (weather), I'm sure the roof acted as a truss to increase stability.


Chad504boy
USA Fan
Member since Feb 2005
104785 posts

re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
To give the fisherman some shade and cover out of the elements.


LSUballs
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RayVegas LA
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?
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yes, it was actually.


Holy shite.


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