The “Love Your Covered Bridge Day” event hosted by the Albert County Historical Society on Sunday, August 1st, was a well-attended celebration and show of appreciation for the 113-year-old Sawmill Creek Bridge in Hopewell Hill. This followed the NB Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s major preservation project of replacing the roof on the covered bridge.
Dawne McLean shared the construction timeline of the bridge contractor, Albert E. Smye, by reading newspaper articles published in the Albert Journal in 1907-1908. A highlight of the afternoon was an engaging talk about covered bridges by well known engineer Dr. Dan Tingley, who was born and raised in Albert County. All eyes were focused on the interior bridge timbers while Dr. Tingley explained the structure of covered bridges and how the truss system works. From years of wood research and engineering skills, he has developed techniques for building and restoring wooden bridges all over the world. Dr. Tingley was pleased to speak at the bridge event “back home,” sharing his passion for wooden structures, as well as some entertaining stories of riding his motorcycle through the Sawmill Creek Bridge!
“Love Your Covered Bridge Day” provided a perfect opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the rich heritage of the place that we are blessed to call home. To describe the day at the bridge, I believe the century-old phrase says it best, “A good time was had by all”!
Dawne McLean is the president of the Albert County Historical Society.