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Old Today, 10:09 AM   #641
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I wonder why you would need to cover a bridge?
Strong winds?

By the time you've built the bridge and put up barriers both sides to stop people falling in, sticking a roof on isn't much extra work and probably makes the sides stronger. Which was obviously a good thing as they don't look very straight even so...
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Possibly snow?
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I'm just curious as you don't see such bridges in the UK. There's a lot of extra work involved which you wouldn't do unless there was a good reason.
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Wooden bridges rot pretty quickly but covering them extends their lifespan.
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Yep that would be it I guess.
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There might have been some odd legal or tax statuses for "covered buildings" that made sticking a roof on it beneficial.
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Wooden bridges rot pretty quickly but covering them extends their lifespan.
Wikipedia says "Uncovered wooden bridges have a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun."
So it's doing alright for a 103 year old bridge. Foresight, that.
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