State police: Excavator damages historic covered Cornwall Bridge

Photo of Peter Yankowski

WEST CORNWALL — The town’s historic covered bridge dating to the Civil War was closed for several hours Tuesday after towed excavator damaged it.

State police said a pickup truck drove through the bridge towing an excavator on a trailer and the excavator boom collided with the top of the bridge.

State troopers from Canaan’s Troop B responded along with personnel from the state Department of Transportation, who performed a safety inspection of the bridge. State police said the inspection determined there was no impact to the safety and integrity of the bridge.

DOT crews removed the debris from the roof and bridge roadway and expected the bridge to reopen in a few hours.

The bridge spans 172 feet across the Housatonic River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the state tourism website. The one-lane bridge carries traffic along Route 128 and has been in continuous service since it opened in 1864.