- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) - A historic covered bridge is closed in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, after a truck damaged the rafters.

Bob McCabe, assistant superintendent of the highway department, says he did not see the truck that damaged the Rowell Bridge, but believes it was a box trailer.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1EaFulh ) Rowell Bridge has a weight limit of 6 tons and a height limit of 9 feet, 9 inches. Most box trailer vehicles are about 13 feet tall.

Signs and barricades block access to the bridge from both sides of the Contoocook River.

The bridge was built in 1853 by Horace Childs of Henniker with the help of his brothers. Its original cost was $300.25.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com


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