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Centre Covered Bridge
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Centre Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Centre Covered Bridge
Location in Vermont
Centre Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Centre Covered Bridge
Location in the United States
Location Off US 5 across the Passumpsic River, northeast of Lyndon, Vermont
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1872 (1872)
Architectural style Paddleford truss
NRHP reference No. 74000204
Added to NRHP June 20, 1974

The Centre Covered Bridge, also known as the Sanborn Covered Bridge, is a historic covered bridge, spanning the Passumpsic River next to U.S. Route 5 (US 5) north of the center of Lyndon, Vermont. Built in 1872, it was moved to its present location and taken out of service in 1960. It is one of three surviving Paddleford truss bridges in Vermont. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Description and history

The Centre Covered Bridge is located just west (downstream) of US 5 on the northern outskirts of the village of Lyndonville. It is a single-span Paddleford truss structure, set on concrete abutments, and is oriented north–south across the Passumpsic River. It is 118 feet (36 m) long and 20 feet (6.1 m) wide, with a roadway width of 17.5 feet (5.3 m). What is left of its deteriorating deck is made of wooden planking. The bridge is covered by a metal roof with very long eaves, and has vertical board siding extending over the lower half of the trusses on the sides. The portals project beyond the ends of the trusses, and are also sheathed in vertical boards. The portal openings are framed as segmented arches. A sidewalk (also with deteriorated and unusable decking) is cantilevered on the outside of the east side.

The bridge was built in 1872, and was originally located about one mile (1.6 km) to the south, providing access between Lyndonville and Lyndon Center. It was moved in 1960 to its present location, at which time it was closed to traffic. The bridge is one of three surviving Paddleford truss bridges in the state, and is the longest of those three. The outside walkway is one of five such features found on covered bridges in the state.

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