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Bridge preservation group expects to get permits

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A national group that preserves covered bridges expects to have this week the permits needed to prevent a bridge in the northern Vermont town of Lyndonville from falling into the Passumpsic River. David Wright, president of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, said volunteers will then shore up the 120-foot bridge, which has a broken support beam and is sagging badly. Wright, whose group will be raising money for some of the work, said the bridge is a historically important example of a design by 19th-century New Hampshire bridge builder Peter Paddleford. He said the bridge would be moved later next year and repaired.

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