20k is peanuts in government spending! It can cost that much to get a consultant to write a letter saying the bridge is too far gone to repair.
I was at Charlton Mill bridge today and was stupified to see this beautiful bridge had been demolished. So i ask myself..."why was this done? Green county recieved almost $20,000.00 dollars in federal grants to "repair" this historical bridge. This is quite discearning, so what happened to those funds?
No the bridge is gone ... never to return except maybe in a replica form.
Read the article linked in particular the bottom paragraph.
"The county and the Ohio Public Works Commission will split the $700,000 cost of replacing the Charleton Mill Covered Bridge, which closed last year. Geyer said that one was “too far gone” to rehab, but he’s going to put in a new wood truss capable of carrying legal load limits, while maintaining the look of an old covered bridge from the outside."
August 19, 2012
I wouldn't think the bridge is demolished. As you may have read the article on Eric's post, there were plans to rehab the bridge as of last year. Don't know if these went through. There is a chance the bridge has been disassembled and taken elsewhere for cleaning and other rehab work, and may be brought back to place to be reassembled for what it was built for. I have heard stories of this being done to wooden and metal truss bridges in Ohio. This was recently done on the Daleville Bridge in Indiana which worked out well. I'd say the only way the bridge would be gone is if there was a natural disaster or act of vandalism.
Good to hear, as this and the Engle Mill Bridge are in really bad shape.
Bridge is closed, plans in work to rehab
The lean to this bridge is getting worse. Greene County had better come up with some funding to repair it...or they might lose it.