Rockingham Accepts Bids To Rebuild Bartonsville Bridge

09/22/11 4:04PM By Kirk Carapezza

AP/Jim Cole
Teo Campbell crawls through what's left on what used to be the Bartonsville Covered Bridge over the Williams River in Rockingham. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Irene tore the bridge out.

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.

Rockingham's select board estimates that a temporary bridge for Bartonsville will cost roughly $150,000 to $180,000.

It's unclear if that cost would be reimbursed through FEMA.

Many residents who have an affinity for covered bridges say the Bartonsville Bridge should remain a priority in Irene's aftermath.

Town officials say they want to build a new bridge on land, and then place it on the old abutments.

Public Post: Read the latest select board minutes from Rockingham, and let us know about rebuilding efforts in your town here.

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