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Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in October 2008


BH Photo #126869


Street View 


Covered bridge over Lee Creek on Tuckahoe Road in Dover
Mason County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1835; rehabilitated 1966
Queenpost through truss
Length of largest span: 58.1 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 1976
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.74975, -83.87886   (decimal degrees)
38°44'59" N, 83°52'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/249815/4292942 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76000923 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KY 081-B00048N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18887 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (6,748)
Built 1835 (15)
Built during 1830s (175)
Covered (1,515)
Functionally obsolete (7,568)
Have street view (24,780)
Kentucky (1,243)
Mason County, Kentucky (10)
NR-listed (2,860)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Open (38,111)
Owned by state (14,719)
Queenpost truss (234)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,410)
Through truss (13,740)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,843)
Truss (30,745)

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 26, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • August 16, 2017: New photos from Melissa Jurgensen
  • September 24, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 5, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • January 5, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: It IS a covered bridge.
  • October 31, 2008: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 16, 2008: New photos from Bill Eichelberger


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Mike Mullins
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Melissa Jurgensen
  • Linda Daffron
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01
Posted May 2, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I can't believe this thing survived. The displaced roadbed shows the kind of force it was dealing with.

Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01
Posted August 16, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

I have added several photos from my August 12 visit. Dover has gone from a bridge that no one was worried about to one that many are worried about all in a matter of hours. My photos do not really show the extent of the damage - it is best appreciated when the bridge is seen in person. (That being said, if anyone visits the bridge do not enter it as it is in serious danger of collapse.) It needs emergency stabilization measures to be taken immediately. We can't lose this bridge.

Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01
Posted August 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's a link to the Ledger Independent's Facebook page showing a couple pics of the damage:


Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01
Posted August 8, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The Dover Bridge was badly damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017. The steel supports underneath the bridge were washed out and the bridge was bowed due to the force of the water. The truss is approximately disengaged from the lower chords and the only thing supporting the bridge is a compromised floor. Unless emergency stabilization measures are taken soon it is not a question of "if" the bridge will collapse, it is "when".

Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge 17-81-01
Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous


Dover/ Lee's Creek Covered Bridge
Posted February 11, 2010, by Brian (catbus420 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge still exists but has been bypassed. Went there earlier this year and it is now on a "loop" while the road itself has a new bridge. Wanted to go down to it but there were people parked by it and talking (didn't know whether they were chatting or doing a deal, so just went on).

I couldn't tell from the main road whether you could still drive over the bridge or just go up to it and walk (like the Mooresville/458 bridge in Washington County).

Lee's Creek Covered Bridge
Posted October 30, 2007, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I first started tracking down covered bridges in 1986, and the Lee's Creek bridge was my first. I wonder how many people have passed by it on Rt. 8 over the years without even knowing it was there.

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