Vermont Roads - VT 15/100

VT 15, VT 15/100

WB in Essex Center, courtesy Doug Kerr.

Leaving the VT 108 roundabout, "WEST" should be on top.

On both routes, so not "to" at all.

Old signs on old VT 15/100 in Hyde Park; the second one is on someone's garage, and he was working out front so I didn't bother him for a closeup.

Depot St. branches off from the old routes, becoming Cadys Falls Rd. (obviously once with an apostrophe). The old sign was probably erected back when Main St. (and the town) was bypassed to the north.

VT 100 was routed on a new Morrisville bypass in 2014. The old route was briefly signed as Historic VT 100, but some amount of local complaining resulted in the bypass becoming Alt. VT 100 and the mainline returning to downtown. More traffic is only a negative until less traffic hurts business!

WB at Wayside Farm.

SB on School Street, Pottersville.

Looking west at one of the only covered railroad bridges ever built or remaining, in Wolcott. The sign above was erected in 1968, at a time when most railroads were still operating even as profits were disappearing. The tracks have since been removed, so in hindsight, it was an excellent call to not build a new steel bridge at this location. Why would a railroad bridge need to be covered? In short, the old myth about covering bridges for horses to not get scared is a lie; otherwise, most bridges in Europe would never have been built because it would have been impossible to cross them. The real reason had to do with preserving the structural integrity by avoiding exposure to the elements. That's why covered bridges proliferate in northern states from New England to Iowa, but are hard to find (except for modern decorative examples) in the West and South.

Up to and onto the Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge SB. It was never meant to be crossed by pedestrians, even as a rail trail, so there is no clear path to walk without dealing with some seriously large gaps. You won't fall through, but you could break an ankle, drop a shoe, or lose an infant or a cat. That poor moggy.

To prove I braved this dangerous crossing, here are photos looking north and south from midspan over the Lamoille River.

Looking south at the former railbed and north at the southern maw of the tall span. Not a lot of people venture to this side for such a photo.

When I first started crossing the bridge SB, you got a view of this pier - here's a second look. It's clearly not original, and was probably part of the 1968 reconstruction.

To the north, the tracks from the bridge disappear into graded gravel, and then into underbrush.

Onto VT 100 alone

To Cady's Falls on Cadys Falls Rd.
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