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GonePecan
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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.






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Placebeaux
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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?


dont know but that bridge was built in 1870. Sad.





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Duckie
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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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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?


To protect the wood from rotting too fast





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Placebeaux
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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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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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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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re: What is the purpose of old bridges being covered in the NE?


Snow





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vl100butch
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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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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






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Chris4x4gill2
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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.





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ksayetiger
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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






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


quote:

Chris4x4gill2


You mean to tell me Chris4x4gill was taken?






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


yes, it was actually.





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Ric Flair
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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.





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Chad504boy
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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.





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LSUballs
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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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