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Covered Bridge at Vineterra

New Kent, Virginia


The masterplan for the New Kent Winery and its surroundings called for a covered bridge over a spillway between two lakes located on the approach road to the winery. As detailed design progressed, it became apparent that a covered bridge complying with Department of Transportation requirements would lack the character originally intended.

A concept was proposed to allow a planned bike/pedestrian trail to also serve horse-drawn carriages, routing it across the spillway. This allowed the design of the bridge to be developed in keeping with the traditions of Virginia's historic heavy timber covered bridges, capturing the original character envisioned. Project costs were dramatically reduced as an added benefit.