MassHighway announced the newly-refurbished, historic Bissell Covered Bridge has reopened to traffic. The 59-year old Bissell Bridge carrying Route 8A over Mill Brook in the Town of Charlemont is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second covered bridge structure at this location and has been open only to foot traffic since a temporary bridge was constructed in 1995.
A nearly two-year, $3 million rehabilitation preserved the historic character of the structurally deficient wooden covered bridge, including partial dismantling the bridge superstructure and inspection of the individual timber members for rot; construction of new abutment back walls and concrete approach slabs; replacement of floor trusses, decking, and bridge railings; and installation of tension reinforcing steel rods. A fire protection system for the timber structure was installed.