Your front page article on Jan. 25 on the historic value of the Frank J. Wood Bridge puts the case forward for the historic value of the bridge’s structure. The historic value of preserving this beautiful trussed bridge is important, and I wholeheartedly support the points made in the article.

I want to add another reason for retaining and preserving the existing bridge. My reason is structural and has to do with the nature of a trussed bridge. Trusses carry the load of the bridge above the roadbed, whereas concrete bridges carry the load below.

For a bridge like the Frank J. Wood Bridge, which spans a river, and is very near a dam, a trussed bridge is much safer in times of very high water, turbulence or flood than a concrete bridge. A trussed bridge is the best option for the site of the Frank J. Wood Bridge.

Pam Smith

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