August 17, 2011 - The nearly 100 year old footbridge at the old Fellows Gear Shaper building in Springfield Vermont was supposed to be removed today and a shiny new bridge put in it’s place. Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Spectators watched for hours while the new bridge was moved from the parking lot into the street and the cables hooked up to the old bridge to lift it out.
When it finally came time to lift the old bridge out, it just wouldn’t budge. It was discovered there were some additional rods securing the old bridge into place that needed to be cut. However, that wasn’t the end of the problems. The crane still couldn’t lift the old bridge. It turns out that whomever on the project was responsible for estimating the weight of the old bridge was off by 10,000 pounds! Consequently, the crane brought in to lift the old bridge was too small.