DuBois & King was hired to prepare a study regarding the Quechee Covered Bridge. After detailed examination, it was determined that the best option was to demolish what remained of the existing covered bridge and build a new one in its place. The new bridge would be designed with a concrete deck and a timber-framed cover over it. This design allows for the rapid construction of a new bridge in a cost-efficient manner, while maintaining the character of the historic district that it is located in. The hydraulic opening from the bridge was expanded, and if a flood of equal size were to occur the water and debris would be able to pass safely underneath the new bridge. Dubois & King engaged Pais architects for the design of the cover of the new bridge.
It was determined that community approval for the new bridge was essential, and public feedback has been received and influenced the design at every step of the way. The design team, Pais Architects and Dubois & King) first presented a survey of covered bridges and their main design features to the residents to get a sense of their preferences. From this information, three different bridge design were presented to the public for their feedback.
After reviewing the feedback from the public, the design team decided to move forward with the modified saltbox design style. Roofing materials and siding colors were also evaluated for for compatibility with the area. After consideration by the town Selectboard, it was decided that the bridge would have a natural hemlock siding, and cedar shake for roofing. The construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be complete by December 2012.