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Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-02



Photo taken Sept. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102988



Covered bridge over Little Blue River on Offutt Bridge Road
Rush County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1884 by Kennedy Bros.
- Kennedy Brothers
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 2, 1983
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.66033, -85.53950   (decimal degrees)
39°39'37" N, 85°32'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/625285/4391077 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7000101 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-70-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 83000098 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 17004 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
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19th Century (6,878)
Built 1884 (161)
Built during 1880s (1,833)
Burr arch-truss (335)
Covered (1,523)
Indiana (4,625)
Kennedy Brothers (7)
NR-listed (2,878)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Open (38,201)
Owned by county (20,045)
Rush County, Indiana (53)
Select (530)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,176)
Through truss (14,023)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,371)
Truss (31,211)
Wooden deck (6,002)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • May 22, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 19, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • November 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: builder
  • May 24, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee: Added World Guide Number to Title
  • June 29, 2008: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photo from Tom Hall



Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-02
Posted April 17, 2019, by Bill Bowser (webowser [at] me [dot] com)

I spoke to the Rush Co. Highway Dept. 4/17/19 and learned that the bridge was damaged by an over-weight vehicle and was closed 12/12/18. Whenever money becomes available it will be repaired and reopened.

Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-02
Posted April 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This little bridge has carried a very modest load limit since the arson fire that damaged it in 1993. I will have to check into it but I assume it has to do with the sufficiency rating.

Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-02
Posted April 16, 2019, by Bill Bowser (webowser [at] me [dot] com)

Visited this bridge 4/16/19 and found it closed to vehicular traffic. Donít know why.

Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge
Posted November 3, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

Around the early 2000s some of the Rush County covered bridges were rehabilitated and reinforced from a weight limit of three tons to ten tons but not this one. Its had its share of troubles. In the 1980s it sat closed in very poor condition and nearly lost. It was rehabbed for light traffic but was seriously damaged by arson in 1995. After discussion on whether it should stay or go it was restored for light traffic again. However the suffiency rating is now zero and could use an extensive rehabilitation if possible.