Bartonsville Bridge Rebuild Underway

10/01/12 6:06AM

AP/Wilson Ring
Mark Nash of Walpole, N.H., bores a hole into wooden beams in Bartonsville during the reconstruction of the covered bridge over the Williams River that was destroyed last year by Tropical Storm Irene.

A new covered bridge across the Williams River is taking shape next to where its 141-year-old predecessor was swept away in Tropical Storm Irene.

The bridge is in the Bartonsville section of Rockingham.

A work crew is putting the bridge together using methods that would be recognizable to the 19th Century engineers who built the first span, even if they didn't have the power tools in use now.

Last week workers began assembling the beams that make up the walls of the bridge, holding them together with giant wooden pegs driven into holes bored with augers.

When it's ready, the adjacent temporary bridge will be removed and the new covered bridge will be lifted into place. It should be ready for traffic early next year.

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