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Offutt's Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-02

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Photo taken Sept. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102988

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Little Blue River on Offutt Bridge Road
Location
Rush County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1884 by Kennedy Bros.
Builder
- Kennedy Brothers
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Recognition
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:
Carthage
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 (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 0.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
110

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

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Comments 

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.