Not only were some of the boards missing, the end opposite the house had slid down the bank about two feet. It was impossible to take a wheel barrow across the bridge and stepping onto the bridge when it was wet and slippery was just plain dangerous.
After stripping off the planking the supports came up easily with a tug from the tractor.
The replacement bridge will be a simple flat structure spanning across the stream. The south side will be about two feet higher in elevation. We debated steps/no steps/arched etc. but I need to be able to take a hand cart across the bridge. So a simple structure it will be; which will also be simpler and easier for Alan to build. We'll have a hand rail on one side so I can pretty it up with some flower boxes.