This is another fairly modern and relatively large bridge built on a site that has had a bridge since the 1780s. I’d made a photograph of this bridge before but was in the area and my skills are better now than they were back then.
Between 1780 and 1790 an open timber bridge (no cover) was built at this location for Ichabod Packard. Mr. Packard had a house on the north side of the river and a combined saw and gristmill on the other side.
The records aren’t clear, but it looks like the first covered bridge was installed here in 1804. It was replaced in 1878 with a Howe truss covered bridge built that cost $456.02. The current design with the large diagonal supports is a Howe truss bridge.
It was removed in 1952 and replaced with a Bailey Bridge, a temporary bridge designed and commonly used in WWII. The Bailey bridge was replaced by the current bridge in 1991. It was built by Arnold Graton Associates for $316,500. They built the Packard Bridge in a manner which replicates the traditional style of covered bridges.