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Covered bridge in Woodstock damaged by trailer

  • The Lincoln Covered Bridge in West Woodstock was damaged Wednesday when a truck attempted to cross with equipment that exceeded the bridge’s 10-foot height limit. (Courtesy Woodstock Police Department)

  • The Lincoln Covered Bridge in West Woodstock was damaged Wednesday when a truck attempted to cross with equipment that exceeded the bridge’s 10-foot height limit. (Courtesy Woodstock Police Department)


Staff Report
Thursday, May 16, 2019

WEST WOODSTOCK — Officials have closed a covered bridge in West Woodstock after a truck pulling a trailer with equipment that exceeded height limits struck and damaged the interior of the structure on Wednesday.

Woodstock Police Sgt. Joe Swanson said Gavin Ratliff, 23, of Sharon, was hauling a trailer with landscaping equipment that struck the Lincoln Covered Bridge, which connects Fletcher Hill Road to Route 4 in West Woodstock.

Although the bridge likely is still structurally sound, Swanson said, it must undergo repairs for the damage before it can be passable again.

Swanson anticipated the bridge, which has a 10-foot height limit, would be closed for “a few months.”

Ratliff pulled over immediately after the incident and called police, Swanson said. His and the town’s insurance companies will work out the costs for the repairs, said Swanson, who did not have a damage estimate.