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Old 03-04-2016, 08:22 AM   #1
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Brattleboro VT Bridge

Hi, folks. Anyone have any experience with the height clearance of the bridge across the Connecticut River coming east out of Brattleboro, VT, into NH? Good Sam's travel planner has flagged that bridge as 11'6", and my new Jay Feather 23RLSW is supposed to be 10'8". (We're overnighting at the Hinsdale Campground in NH).

Can I believe the 11'6" clearance markings and quit worrying, or should I detour around it?

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Old 03-04-2016, 08:56 AM   #2
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If the sign says 11'6" then I would think it can be trusted. I just can't imagine the local DOT/DPW would give out wrong info else they'd be liable.

FWIW, I've been over that bridge a few times, but always on a motorcycle. Great restaurant right there (Whetstone Station) if you can find a place to park your rig.
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If the sign says 11'6" then I would think it can be trusted. I just can't imagine the local DOT/DPW would give out wrong info else they'd be liable.

FWIW, I've been over that bridge a few times, but always on a motorcycle. Great restaurant right there (Whetstone Station) if you can find a place to park your rig.
Google Streets shows the main bridge clearances as much higher - it's near the edges where clearance drops to as little as 11'4". Even that is not really a problem, but I expect to "white knuckle" my way across the bridges no matter what.

Thanks, for the restaurant suggestion, too. Saw that on Trip Advisor, and it's highly recommended.

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FYI the bridge on 91 just south of Brattleboro (Brattleboro Bridge) is under construction and down to one lane in each direction. Real tight through there as a result. Might be done by Summer, but doubt it.

I would trust the heights posted by DOT.
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Bridge clearances are rarely posted at 100% accuracy. They are typically 2" to 3" less than what the clearance actually is.

I trust that clearance signs will allow safe passage for the height they stipulate.
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FYI the bridge on 91 just south of Brattleboro (Brattleboro Bridge) is under construction and down to one lane in each direction. Real tight through there as a result. Might be done by Summer, but doubt it.
I see what you're getting at; you can even see the construction work using Google Streets. Luckily we're coming into Brattleboro from the west via Vt. 9, and on our return trip we'll be getting onto I91 south at the south end of Brattleboro. So we'll avoid that both ways. yay!

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Hinsdale? WooHoo!!! My favorite stop for fireworks!!! 3 shops lined up one right after the other just a mile down the road from the Brattleboro bridge. Uh...I mean, if fireworks were actually legal for use back here in NY. And er...if I was actually the kind of guy who would transport them back across state lines. Aw hell...never mind. Let's just pretend we didn't have this little discussion...even if they know me by name in all of the stores. Oh yeah, the worst thing about the bridge is the way traffic backs up. Weekend afternoon bottlenecks are the norm. X2 on the restaurant recommendation - great outdoor seating overlooking the river if the temps are favorable.
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Hinsdale? WooHoo!!! My favorite stop for fireworks!!! 3 shops lined up one right after the other just a mile down the road from the Brattleboro bridge. Uh...I mean, if fireworks were actually legal for use back here in NY. And er...if I was actually the kind of guy who would transport them back across state lines. Aw hell...never mind. Let's just pretend we didn't have this little discussion...even if they know me by name in all of the stores. Oh yeah, the worst thing about the bridge is the way traffic backs up. Weekend afternoon bottlenecks are the norm. X2 on the restaurant recommendation - great outdoor seating overlooking the river if the temps are favorable.
So, should I use your name if I stop in for some fireworks???

We're arriving in the neighborhood on weekday afternoons, so I guess we'll be OK with traffic. We may check out the Whetstone Station restaurant, too.
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So, should I use your name if I stop in for some fireworks???

We're arriving in the neighborhood on weekday afternoons, so I guess we'll be OK with traffic. We may check out the Whetstone Station restaurant, too.
Better his name than mine!!
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So, should I use your name if I stop in for some fireworks???
If you do decide to browse the pyrotechnic purveyors, make sure to stop at Fantasy Fireworks. It's old and ugly from the outside, but it is family run and they are the nicest people to buy from. Better deals than the 2 big boys next door (Phantom & TNT), and they will help you to get exactly what you want for you show. And yes...tell them Tom from Lake George sent you over. Also, ask about the secret free t-shirt deal.
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