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Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Mark Gish

BH Photo #102977

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Otter Creek on CR 850 West
Location
Ripley County, Indiana
Status
Currently closed off to pedestrians due to severe damage likely caused by straight-line winds in February.
History
Built 1884 by Thomas A. Hardman; closed to traffic 1996
Builder
- Thomas A. Hardman
Design
Covered Howe through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 112.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Holton Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08527, -85.41012   (decimal degrees)
39°05'07" N, 85°24'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/637508/4327442 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Holton
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6900064 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-69-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 16985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

19th Century (6,877)
Built 1884 (161)
Built during 1880s (1,833)
Closed (2,570)
Covered (1,523)
Howe through truss (420)
Howe truss (515)
Indiana (4,625)
NR-eligible (4,015)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Owned by county (20,045)
Ripley County, Indiana (43)
Select (530)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,228)
Thomas A. Hardman (5)
Through truss (14,019)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,988)
Truss (31,206)
Wooden deck (6,002)

Update Log 

  • March 29, 2019: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • June 23, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • May 13, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • April 21, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 15, 2007: Posted photos from Mark Gish

Sources 

Comments 

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted August 24, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

Work is finished on rebuilding the roof, and the bridge is once again open to pedestrians.

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted July 14, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

Work has been taking place to rebuild the roof of the bridge. The entire old roof has been removed, and the new one is being put together on the ground.

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted April 17, 2019, by Bill Bowser (webowser [at] me [dot] com)

Since the money to repair the roof is not readily available I have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to help get this repaired. The link is -

https://www.gofundme.com/otter-creek-covered-bridge-roof-rep...

I hope you guys can help.

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted March 29, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds good Tom... The sooner the better!

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted March 29, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

Heres word from a March 15th online article from Eagle Country 99.3. It says the county highway superintendent says the county was accepting bids from construction companies to rebuild the roof, and hopes it can get it done in a matter of weeks. I hope I explained it right.

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted March 29, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photos shared by Tom Hoffman show the damage to the Otter Creek Bridge to be far worse than I thought. Not only is a large portion of the roof sheared off, but several upper lateral bracings have been broken. Fortunately some emergency supports have been installed to protect the spans overall integrity. Likely straight-line winds in late February were to blame.

Otter Creek Covered Bridge 14-69-02
Posted March 6, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I received word that the Otter Creek Covered Bridge received some damage from those high winds nearly two weeks ago. Found a link to the Osgood newspaper with that on front, but couldn't find the article to open up. Hope it's minor and repairs can be made soon.