(AP) _ Another Vermont bridge that has been closed since being
damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene two years ago has
The Taftsville Covered Bridge reopened with a celebration
Saturday, restoring a link between four towns. The 189-foot bridge
is the second-longest covered bridge in Vermont and one of the
oldest, built in 1836.
The Taftsville bridge crosses the Ottauquechee River and serves as
is an important link for the towns of Hartland, Woodstock, Hartford
"We celebrate making our community whole again," said Rep.
Alison Clarkson, of Woodstock, as representatives from the four
towns helped snip the ceremonial ribbon.
Scott Newman, the Agency of Transportation's historic
preservation officer, says the bridge is the final one of Vermont's
covered bridges damaged by Irene to be restored, although a few may
still need minor repairs.
Hundreds of people posed for a group portrait on the Route 4
side of the red bridge. Later, a parade of different modes of
transportation - including horseback and horse-drawn wagon to a
fleet of antique cars and trucks - made the first trip across the