Rebuilding the covered Trestle Bridge in Goffstown Village
Goffstown: Can a Village Gateway come to life again? Arnold M. Graton, bridgewright, like his father is a tireless promoter of bridge restoration building with original wood and wooden nails with a few modern tools (reluctantly) and has seventy plus bridges he and his father, Milton have worked on in years past.
A mission to build a new covered bridge in Goffstown Village at the site of the original trestle that was lost to arson in the fall of 1976 is at the top of the list, which Arnold would like to accomplish. Initial plans would call for the new trestle to incorporate features of the original, such as a Town lattice truss with an arch infrastructure, similar gable end portals, roof pitch and siding with additional new features including a sprinkler system, fire alarm and lighting. The new bridge would be reconfigured and engineered to accommodate pedestrian traffic and feature a five foot tall portal opening running the length of both side elevations to allow a view of the river from any point at the interior. With the Goffstown Rail/Trail moving along, this is an ideal time to consider a new bridge as it would become a portal and create an additional "Gateway" to Goffstown Village with an opportunity for people arriving locally and from out of town, which would certainly generate incremental income for local businesses.
It is a goal of Arnold and the group to raise the necessary funds from private donations and available grants and not require any local tax dollars. A trust fund would be established to cover maintenance costs in the future. If enough interest is generated we can move forward, Arnold says.
Please continue reading below this video presentation about Arnold M. Graton, bridgewright and his father Milton Graton
The final design would be determined by the people of Goffstown and the initial cost estimate is in the 500,000 to 550,000 dollar range based on the latest calculations.
Arnold and many others know there is nothing more iconic than a covered bridge in a small New England town. To restore this magnificent structure will greatly enhance the beauty and original small town feel of a bygone era in Goffstown Village. Using authentic materials and period building techniques will ensure that the bridge will last 100 years and beyond and will make a great gift to posterity. After 50 years, the trestle bridge would be eligible for inclusion in the National Registry of Historic Places.