I first heard about the bridge closure from the Alpinezone board and had it confirmed when I went to the Lincoln Woods trailhead and read about it on the bulletin board before the suspension bridge. I believe it will be closing the weekend prior to the Flags event.
I think it stated that the bridge would be closed until December.
An idea that was mentioned was stashing a bike in the woods near the trailhead before the closure. At least then on the way back you can ride downhill all the way back to the highway.
River crossing would depend on how much rain had fallen recently. The bridge is not that large so I would think that the crossing might not be too tough.
Views from the Top has a thread on this topic as does the AMC Hiker Journal.
Please let us know if you have any more questions and welcome to the boards!!! :flag: