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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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County celebrates Beaverkill Covered Bridge reopening

By Anthony Morgano - reporter / photographer

By: Anthony Morgano | Democrat
The completed restoration of the Beaverkill Covered Bridge, one of the 33 authentic covered bridges in New York State.
TOWN OF ROCKLAND — The grand reopening of an historic Sullivan County bridge was celebrated recently.
The restoration of the Beaverkill Covered Bridge in the Town of Rockland was finished ahead of schedule, allowing the ceremony to be held in June instead of the fall.
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9 Director, Jack Williams, introduced both the speakers and the newly renovated bridge to the audience. “This is such a great day,” he said before thanking various members of the community and state government for their involvement with the reconstruction.
NYSDOT Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll spoke of the bridge's significance.
“This is a national treasure right here,” he remarked as he discussed how important it is to take proper care of these structures.
There are less than three dozen authentic covered bridges left in New York State according to the New York State Covered Bridge Society. “They are shrinking but never forgotten,” said Driscoll.
Luis Alvarez, chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, spoke of the beauty of the Beaverkill. “This is one of the most beautiful areas in the state of New York,” he said.
John Adams, chairman of both the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Open Space Institute (OSI) with the NYSDOT, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and State Historic Preservation office to restore the bridge's historic character, while also addressing the structural needs. “This is now a model for all covered bridges,” Adams said.
The bridge will be open all year, providing access for vehicles and pedestrians, with a three-ton limit.
“The historic value of the Beaverkill Covered Bridge is priceless - it's one of our most important connections to the past,” said Town of Rockland Supervisor Robert Eggleton. “It allows a chance to escape back in time and appreciate the quality of such a beautiful area in the Catskills.”

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