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May 23. 2013 3:20PM

Carleton Bridge #7


 (S. Krishnamurthi)

Carleton Road
Swanzey, NH

The current bridge was built in 1869. According to local tradition, the bridge was built by local barn builders since the truss construction of the bridge is similar to that used in barns. When it was built, a wagon fully loaded with hay was used as a standard for the height and width of the opening.

Year of Construction: - Approximately 1789

Original Cost: - 15 pounds

Location:
East of N.H. Route 32 on Carleton Road, one-half mile south of Swanzey Village spanning the South Branch Ashuelot River in Swanzey.

Style-Characteristics:
Queenpost style. The bridge has an overall length of 67'3" with a clear span of 60'3". It has an overall width of 16'6" with a roadway width of 12'4" and a maximum vertical clearance of 11'7". It has fully sheathed sides. The structure is posted for three tons.







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