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Spencerville Covered Bridge 14-17-01

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Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer

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Overview
Covered bridge over Saint Joseph River on CR 68
Location
De Kalb County, Indiana
Status
Reopened June 2013 after repairs after being heavily damaged by a semi driver who crossed it.
History
Built 1873 by John McKay
Builder
- John McKay
Design
Smith type 4 through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 63.9 ft.
Total length: 159.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1981
Also called
Coburn covered bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28136, -84.91448   (decimal degrees)
41°16'53" N, 84°54'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/674652/4572089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Joe
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1700004 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 81000010 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 14-17-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 15995 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
375

Categories 

19th Century (4,423)
Built 1873 (46)
Built during 1870s (639)
Covered (1,164)
De Kalb County, Indiana (12)
Functionally obsolete (7,224)
Have street view (15,476)
Indiana (3,439)
John McKay (2)
NR-listed (2,635)
One-lane traffic (7,196)
Open (30,864)
Owned by county (17,037)
Select (537)
Smith truss (30)
Span length 50-75 feet (7,499)
Through truss (10,547)
Total length 125-175 feet (4,420)
Truss (25,377)
Wooden deck (5,571)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reopened after repairs
  • September 27, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge closed after being heavily damaged
  • August 14, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • May 19, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added name
  • February 13, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 25, 2008: New photos from Tom Hall
  • September 2, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon

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Comments 

Spencerville Covered Bridge
Posted September 27, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Once again, an ignorant truck driver has attempted to drive their rig across an historic bridge. This moron actually made it all of the way across while knocking out most of the upper lateral bracing and the portals as he went. The really amazing thing here is that a modern bypass span sit just a few hundred feet downstream. This earned him a visit to the DeKalb County Jail and hopefully he will have insurance to cover the estimated $100,000 in damage.

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Spencerville-Co...

Spencerville Covered Bridge
Posted February 26, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

One rating missed- Fishing GOOD Large enough windows to fish and stay out of rain!