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The Hartland Bridge in Hartland, New Brunswickmarker, is the world's longest covered bridge, at long. It crosses the Saint John Rivermarker from Hartland to Somervillemarker.

History

The bridge was constructed in 1901 by the Hartland Bridge Company. It was funded by tolls until it was purchased by the provincial government in 1906. The bridge was not originally built covered.

In 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, despite some local opposition.

A pedestrian walkway was added to the bridge in 1945. The bridge was declared a national historic site in 1980.

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.

Legends

When the bridge was mostly used by horse and wagon, couples would stop half-way across to share a kiss. The first wedding on the bridge was celebrated in September 1993 between Charmaine Laffoley and David Hunt from Torontomarker.

References

  1. Town of Hartland, New Brunswick



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