WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) – Plans to replace an old wooden bridge are on hold while the town determines a way to preserve its historic beams.

Town administrator David Sullivan told selectmen last week that a consultant has determined that the beams of the Castle Hill Road bridge have historical significance and need to be preserved. There are eight beams, each 10-by-10 inches square and about 20 feet long. Some date to the 1940s.

With support from the historical societies in Windham and Pelham, the town proposes using some of the beams to create a boardwalk as part of a planned restoration of Windham’s train depot area.

The Pelham Snowmobile Club also wants to use some of the wood to rebuilding trail bridges.

A public hearing will be held June 30.

Information from: Eagle Tribune,

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