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Pulp Mill Bridge

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Pulp Mill Bridge - Middlebury, Vermont

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   The site of Middlebury's Lower Falls on Otter Creek has provided power to area sawmills, paper mills and hydro electrical plants for over 200 years. Weybridge saw its first mill in 1793 when Solomon Bell built a lumber mill on Otter Creek.
     One of the major rivers in Vermont, Otter Creek flows from the Green Mountain area, and eventually heads northward to Lake Champlain. Early Addison County residents crossed Otter Creek, between Middlebury and Weybridge, by way of a 195 foot covered bridge. One of Vermont's two remaining two-lane, Pulp Mill Bridge - crossing Otter Creek or double-barrel bridges, the Pulp Mill Bridge still carries traffic. Initially built in 1820, a recent restoration project on the rare 192 year old structure corrected design flaws, replaced the roof and siding, and added new floor beams and decking. A New York construction firm, hoping to keep its workers busy during the winter, underbid the project by over a half million dollars. Once the project was completed in November, 2012, the Pump Mill Bridge closely resembled the original.

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