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The Route 30 entrance to the West Dummerston Covered Bridge shows some scrape marks from oversized trucks.

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Covered bridge suffers minor damage from oversized vehicles

DUMMERSTON—The West Dummerston Covered Bridge has “been getting hit every couple of weeks now, it seems like,” Roads Foreman Lee Chamberlin told the Selectboard at its Dec. 9 regular meeting.

The cost of repairing an early December collision between a box truck and the bridge will be covered by the driver’s insurance, Chamberlin told board members.

The bridge will be closed for a few hours while the construction company makes those repairs, he said.

This will allow Chamberlin and his crew time to fix the result of other collisions on the opposite side of the bridge.

“Those trim boards, they take a beating,” he noted.

Chamberlin surmised the cause of the covered bridge’s woes: “People just don’t want to read signs, or they don’t know what their vehicle’s height is.”

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Originally published in The Commons issue #337 (Wednesday, December 23, 2015). This story appeared on page D1.

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