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Group gets permits to save Vt. covered bridge

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LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) - A national group that preserves covered bridges says it has received the state and federal permits needed to prevent an 140-year-old bridge from falling into a river in the northern Vermont town of Lyndonville.

Work is expected to start next week.

David Wright, president of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, said volunteers will shore up the sagging 120-foot bridge, which has a broken support beam.

He says the bridge will be moved later next year and repaired.

Its owners, who are Lyndonville residents, have said they don't have the hundreds of thousands of dollars it would likely take to fix the bridge.

The bridge is no longer connected to roads and is now closed but has been popular with pedestrians and part of a snowmobile trail.

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