Have you ever wondered what a covered bridge that was built to modern standards would look like? Well, then consider the Smith Bridge in Plymouth, NH.
This bridge is historic in that there has reportedly been a bridge at this location since 1786. Back then, money for the bridge was raised by having a lottery or raffle. (50/50 raffle perhaps?) The original cost is unknown.
A new bridge was built in 1850 by Herman Marcy of Littleton, N.H. for $2,720.92. It was destroyed by an arsonist in 1993. (Note: This is the second bridge that I’ve photographed in which a predecessor succumbed to arson.)
The new bridge was built to carry two-lane traffic and modern loads. It looks enormous compared to some of the other bridges I’ve seen. I do like how open it is on the sides. It also has a walkway so pedestrians are not on the roadway. It was dedicated in 2001 and cost 3.3 million.