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Conway officials want vehicles on bridge

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Efforts are underway to allow cars to cross a 141-year-old covered bridge in Conway. The Recorder of Greenfield reports that the Board of Selectmen is backing the Conway Historical Commission’s efforts to allow vehicles on the Burkeville Covered Bridge. The 107-foot long bridge was built in 1871. It closed in 1985 due to structural deficiencies, but underwent a $1 million renovation that allowed it to reopen to pedestrians in 2006. The Historical Commission says that the bridge is strong enough to support vehicles and that reopening it would draw tourists and help residents. The state Highway Department kept it closed because it has no guardrails and because of fears that road salt would damage the wood. The bridge is the oldest surviving covered bridge in the country, according to travel website Waymarking.com.

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