Lyndon, VT (NWN) – Efforts are underway to preserve and promote the City of Lyndon’s historic covered bridges.
As reported by Caledonian records, the city of the Northeast Kingdom has five covered bridges, the second largest number of any community in Vermont, after Montgomery.
Town Planning Administrator Nicole Grattan and Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Lafferty are leading the effort as part of an effort to promote tourism and isolate the community.
“The big picture for these bridges is to establish them as beautiful and attractive tourist attractions, to be vibrant and active local places, and to serve as places that can foster new economic vitality,” Grattan said. .
The city has four bridges; The fifth is privately owned.
The Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a study to determine the structural needs of the bridges and is seeking grant funding. Grattan believes that through grant-funded improvements, bridges could be converted into destinations on their own through travel. The bridge or surrounding areas may host pop-up markets, bars and art installations; converted into tourist attractions and gift shops; and have been involved in road races or other community events, the newspaper reported.
“We must take advantage of what we have and these bridges we have,” Grattan said.