Sunday, 6 November 2011
Wakefield Covered Bridge
In 1984, shortly after I moved to Ottawa, the covered bridge over the Gatineau River burned down. The province replaced it with an eminently more practical and functional high speed steel and concrete structure, but the community still felt an emotional loss. There was nothing else to be done but raise the funds, form work parties and replace the 1915 wooden structure. Old log boom logs were sawed for structural bridge timber and 'town lattice' walls were constructed. The roof and pine sides followed to keep structure dry and lengthen the life of the bridge. The new, old bridge, was opened in1997.