Replacement bridge under construction
Photo taken by Tom Hall in August 2006
BH Photo #136612
Well......the original covered bridge was actually bypassed by the concrete structure in the 60's, so even it hadn't carried traffic for many years. The replica span wasn't built nearly as heavy and was simply intended for pedestrian use, and to restore the image of the covered bridge to the town.
In some cases they have found that covered spans having been bypassed are exposed to more vandalism. The Eldean Bridge in Ohio was actually reopened to light traffic and has benefited from it. The Roann Covered Bridge in Wabash County, Indiana has also been left open for cars despite being bypassed by a new bridge nearby.
Of course the bridge has to be able to handle the load, which the new Bridgeton span wasn't designed to do.
Is this a post a joke? To suggest this thing should carry traffic?
One of the most interesting things I ever did in my life was to go help build the new bridge. I helped set the south arch on the mill side, pounded nails in the center part of the decking near the middle pier, dug the holes for the portal footings on the mill side, passed up a ton of rafters to the boys putting the roof together, painted a bunch of siding boards and battens. I met a bunch of the finest people a fellow could ever hope to meet including Dan and his family and the timber framing boys from Zionsville, Mike Roe at the Bridgeton Mill, along with a bunch of volunteers who came from all over. Two of those volunteer ladies kept me well fed with persimmon pudding. By the way, That new bridge is very capable of handling modern traffic including trucks if the State would allow it to be reopened.
went and seen this bridge today. and was amazed at the job they did with the rebuilding. congrads to parke county.
I saw this covered bridge several years ago. I have pictures of the original covered bridge when I went to the COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL in Parke County, Indiana Had a good time at the festival. It's a shame bad people burn these historical covered bridges. Glad it is re-built. I'll have to come and see it again sometime. Ruth
Something interesting about this bridge, since it is a rebuilt bridge from the one that was burned to the ground it is the newest Covered Bridge in Parke County. You would think they would allow cars to drive over it.