Visited on April 15, 2016. Owner of house graciously allowed me on his property to visit the underside of bridge and creek bed. Really cool bridge though top siding is in very poor repair. Owner told me too-tall-trucks strikes the steel guards (7 feet high) frequently. Very busy, at least 50-75 cars crossed while I photographed bridge.
I agree this is very unusual for a covered bridge. And indeed very few metal truss bridges in this state have been preserved to date as well. A lot of abandoned bridges that would be great candidates for relocation, restoration, and use on a trail however.
Nathan my question is how did they let a covered bridge get into such bad shape? It does not say good things for thd state of this counties historic bridges if they let a usually favored covered bridge get to such a poor state. I truly am afraid of what condition this counties historic non covereds are in. Tbh I do not believe this county cares at all and will probably let this bridge deteriorate and collapse.
Sufficiency rating of 3%? Based on experience with other historic bridge types such as metal truss and concrete arch, this bridge's condition requires removal and replacement with a two lane pre-stressed adjacent box beam structure, despite any historic value and/or preservation potential. But its a covered bridge so they will probably rehab for continued vehicular use.
I had always heard that this bridge carries a high volume traffic count.......but 26,000+ cars a day???.....really???