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Designing And Building Bridges To Last

10/05/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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People examine the damage to a historic covered bridge in Quechee after Irene.

Nearly 300 bridges across the state were damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Some were historic covered bridges... or the iconic metal trusses built after the flood of 1927. A short video of the Bartonsville covered bridge collapsing went viral on YouTube shortly after it was posted, and has become one of the lasting images of the storm.

With rebuilding now well underway, we'll be looking at historic preservation of these bridges, and how to design and build bridges to last. Joining us are Scott Newman, the Historic Preservation Officer at the Agency of Transportation, and Eric Hernandez, an assistant professor in civil engineering at UVM who specializes in structural engineering.

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Also on the program, Burlington artist Gillian Klein was born and raised in New York City.  Her large canvases reflect that past-dreamscapes of a foggy, dark, wet Gotham, like visions seen through the rain-streaked rear window of a yellow cab. As part of our monthly "Visiting Artists" series, we recently popped into Klein's home studio in the Old North End.



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A work in progress at Gillian Klein's studio in the Old North End of Burlington.


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