Lyndonville, Vt.

Work begins to shore up covered bridge

Work is underway in the Passumpsic River to build a timber crib to support a 140-year-old covered bridge that is in danger of collapsing. Workers brought stone to the site of the privately owned Sanborn bridge on Thursday and began creating the base for the timbers. Once the timber structure touches the bridge, the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges will assume ownership from long-time owners Arthur and Jeanne Elliott, who do not have the estimated $160,000 it will cost to repair the bridge. Attention was focused on the bridge after an employee of a nearby motel called police to warn they felt the bridge was in danger of falling into the river.