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Wimer Covered Bridge 37-15-05 #2

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2008 Wimer Covered Bridge

New bridge rebuilt after 2003 collapse of the old structure

Photo taken by Michael Goff on August 3, 2008

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BH Photo #119947

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Description 

The Wimer Bridge was saved from destruction when local residents battled to initiate a rebuilding of the weakened structure in 1962. Community members insist that the original bridge was built in 1892, and a sign posted on the bridge claims title to that date. The Hartman brothers, bridge builders of Jacksonville, replaced the Wimer Bridge in 1927.

Features of the Wimer covered span include a shingle roof, the usual daylighting narrow windows above the trusses, wooden flooring, and a Queenpost truss design. The bridge appears not unlike a barn from downstream and only the flying buttresses indicate it to be a covered bridge and not a barn over water. Although refurbished in 1962, the bridge had a load limit of 8 tons placed on it by the mid 1970s and deterioration soon closed it to vehicular traffic. In 1985, the wooden bridge was rehabilitated and the 8 ton load limit restored.

However, the span of 85 feet is too long for the Queenpost truss, and the buttresses do not adequately support the top chord. Now, the east truss has severe bowing and sweep, and the bridge exhibits large movements when cars pass, so the bridge currently has a 3 ton load limit and is slated for rehabilitation using National Historic Covered Bridge funds.

(Reference: Roofs Over Rivers, by Bill and Nick Cockrell)

NOTE: BRIDGE DESCRIPTION ABOVE WRITTEN PRIOR TO 2003 COLLAPSE.

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Evans Creek on CR 887
Location
Wimer, Jackson County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Original Built 1892, Rebuilt 1927, Rebuilt 1962, Collapsed 2003, Rebuilt 2008
Design
Covered Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.0 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.53806, -123.14944   (decimal degrees)
42°32'17" N, 123°08'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/487728/4709529 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wimer
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
778
Inventory numbers
OR 20366 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
OR 20366 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29997 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 72.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Updated NRHP status & imported photo
  • April 3, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • August 4, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • June 12, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

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Wimer Covered Bridge
Posted May 27, 2009, by R.P. Phillips (dad [at] catNcap [dot] com)

You want to see pictures of the Wimer Covered Bridge - the entire rebuilding process is covered photographically at http://www.catNcap.com/bridge/