Covered Bridges of New Brunswick (2018)
These iconic structures are being lost across the province to flooding, maintenance issues and lack of expert attention.
Why they matter:
Approximately 340 of these bridges existed at their peak in the 1940s, when a new network of roads connected communities across the province. Only 58 remain today. Representing more than a simple aid to transportation, the covered bridges of New Brunswick symbolize the province’s growth and prosperity in the 20th century.
Why they are endangered:
With each passing year, New Brunswick’s covered bridges are increasingly at risk of irreparable damage or demolition due to a range of natural forces, accidents, vandalism, and lack of maintenance. Recent ice and flood waters have taken their toll, weakening and immediately threatening the future of many bridges.