Brookfield, Vermont: Floating Bridge

A bridge that actually floats on the water's surface. Closed in 2008; rebuilt and reopened in 2015.
Hwy 65, Brookfield, VT
I-89 exit 4. East on Hwy 66 one mile to Randolph Center, then turn north. In about one mile there's a fork; Hwy 66 makes a sharp right, but go straight (north) on Ridge Rd. In about six miles there's a stop sign; turn left onto Hwy 65. In a few hundred feet it turns left onto the Bridge.
Reopened May 23, 2015
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Brookfield, Vermont - Floating Bridge Sunk, Vehicles Blocked
Floating Bridge: We aren't automatically enchanted by states touting their drive-thru attractions, especially if they are historic wooden bridges, those dainty ligaments for antiques shoppers and would-be art photographers. [05/17/2008] Complete Story...

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Hippo sculpture.

Hippo Statue Near Floating Bridge

A statue of a mom and baby hippo. Hippos may not be native to Vermont.

[Brenda, 10/13/2015]

Floating Bridge.

Floating Bridge

The bridge is finally rebuilt and opened. What great job and view. The fishing is good and so is the drive.

[Howard, 06/08/2015]

We enjoyed the half-sunken and scary old bridge. But it's also good to have a safe Floating Bridge back.

Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge has been pedestrian-only now for over two years. The official reason given for its abrupt 2008 vehicular closing was that it was unsafe, yet the Floating Bridge floats on. A bill has finally been introduced in the Vermont legislature to fix the bridge and reopen it to traffic, but the state still seems to be balking. It claims that the repairs would cost a prohibitive $2 million. Others say that's absurd, and that the bridge could be fixed for a tenth of that cost. Wood, nails, and a few weekends of volunteer labor should do the trick -- come on, Vermont!

[ Team, 02/16/2011]

Sign for Floating Bridge.

Floating Bridge

It is the floating bridge! Almost entirely underwater, as I could see, just as the wife and I attempted to cross with my new Harley and trailer (mini-pop-up) in tow. So much for stupid human tricks! Went for a quick swim at the end of the bridge right where the water is at its highest. Don`t try this at home.

[John and Gail Fiorini, 08/13/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dry Land Dock and BoatDry Land Dock and Boat, Brookfield, VT - < 1 mi.
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Hubbard TowerHubbard Tower, Montpelier, VT - 15 mi.
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Mural: Ike's 1955 Visit, Lincoln, NH - 46 mi.

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