- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has new state forest next door to its newly nationally recognized covered bridge.

About 150 people gathered on Tuesday in Shrewsbury to celebrate the creation of the roughly 1,300-acre Jim Jeffords State Forest and the national historic landmark designation given to the adjacent Brown Bridge.

The family of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords attended the ceremony at the 136-year-old covered bridge, along with other community and state leaders and groups.

Both projects took several years to finish due to delays stemming partly from Hurricane Irene damage.

The bridge is one of less than 200 covered bridges in Vermont and is the only one in the country with a slate roof. It needed more than $400,000 in repairs to its siding and roof slates.

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