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The Oldest Spans in N.H. Considered Deficient

Nearly 500 bridges across New Hampshire are deteriorating, according to state Department of Transportation data, and 24 cities and towns have four or more bridges that are deficient in some way.

The oldest bridges, where they’re located and the year they were built:

∎ Bridge Road over Blackwater River, Andover, 1882

∎ Gleason Falls Road over Beards Brook, Hillsborough, 1900

∎ Gleason Falls Road over Beards Brook, Hillsborough, 1900

∎ Beard Road over Beards Brook, Hillsborough, 1900

∎ Jones Road over Beards Brook, Hillsborough, 1900

∎ Brook Road over Salmon Brook, Sanbornton, 1900

∎ Tilton Bridge Road over Salmon Brook, Sanbornton, 1900

∎ Plummer Road over Hermit Brook, Sanbornton, 1900

∎ Huse Road over Brook, Sanbornton, 1900

∎ Lashua Road over Mascoma River, Canaan, 1900

∎ Powers Road over Blood Brook, Temple, 1920

∎ Spring Street over Beaver Brook, Keene, 1923

∎ Beaver Street over Beaver Brook, Keene, 1923

∎ George Street over Beaver Brook, Keene, 1923

— The Associated Press

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