Brown Schoolhouse Bridge Q&A: Technical

Q1: How high above the brook should the new bridge be?

A: Based on the approaches from of Brown Schoolhouse Road and Beaver Meadow, a replacement bridge would be at essentially the same height as the old bridge—about 16 feet above the channel. [back to list]

Q2: Will the new bridge need railings?

A: With a design height of 16 feet above the brook, railings on both sides are essential for safety, especially for handicap users, those on bicycles, and when the deck is covered with snow or ice. [back to list]

Q3: Could the use of volunteer workers help reduce the cost of the bridge?

A: The opportunities for volunteer labor in building the bridge are limited because a large portion of the cost will be concrete abutments on either side of the brook, requiring excavation, construction of forms, pumping concrete from the Beaver Meadow Road spur road, and backfilling soil—all using heavy machinery. Thereafter, a crane will set galvanized beams in place and later a prefabricated metal railing. Contract labor will be required to assure timely completion of each phase of the work. Finishing touches to the project could employ volunteer labor. [back to list]

Q4: What involvement will the State of Vermont have in the project?

A: The State of Vermont regulates and provides permit approvals for all projects affecting waterways. The permitting process requires the involvement of experienced civil engineers to provide design documents acceptable to the state for approval. [back to list]

Q5: When could a replacement bridge be built?

A: The State of Vermont requires such projects to be done during times of minimum stream flow, typically August and September. If the project is approved and funded, it will be complete in October 2020. [back to list]

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