Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Hartland Bridge in New Brunswick, Canada

Hartland Bridge
New Brunswick

The Hartland Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the world at 1,282 ft.

This is postmarked in 2011 with a Canada fox stamp.

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Before the bridge, the only way to cross the Saint John River was by ferry.

The bridge was constructed in 1901.  The bridge was not originally built covered.

A fire in 1907 burnt some of the structure and nearly destroyed the toll house.

On April 6, 1920, two spans of the bridge collapsed due to river ice. The bridge reopened in 1922 after construction to repair the structure, at which time the bridge was also covered.

A pedestrian walkway was added to the bridge in 1945.

The bridge was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980, and a Provincial Historic Site in 1999.

In 1982, the bridge was again closed for repairs after a car struck a steel beam, causing part of the bridge to drop. The bridge was reopened to traffic on February 10, 1983.

In the winter of 2007, the bridge was closed due to the central beam splitting down the middle. It has since been reopened after repairs were carried out.
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