2 votes

Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01



Photo taken June 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102861


Scipio Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Covered bridge over Sand Creek on CR 575W
Jennings County, Indiana
Open to light traffic.
Built 1886; rehabilitated 1984 & 2015
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 155.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08450, -85.72033   (decimal degrees)
39°05'04" N, 85°43'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/610678/4326933 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Vernon
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4000024 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-40-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 16421 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,402)
Built 1886 (209)
Built during 1880s (2,175)
Covered (1,983)
Howe through truss (516)
Howe truss (644)
Indiana (5,098)
Jennings County, Indiana (83)
NR-eligible (4,109)
One-lane traffic (7,840)
Open (40,969)
Owned by county (21,614)
Preserved (1,229)
Select (531)
Smith Bridge Co. (112)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,423)
Through truss (16,827)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,189)
Truss (35,516)
Wooden deck (6,163)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2021: New video from Mike Daffron
  • May 29, 2021: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 30, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • February 22, 2021: New photo from Grant DiDomizio
  • September 23, 2019: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 15, 2018: New photos from Linda Daffron
  • February 19, 2015: Updated by Will Truax: Added builder
  • May 19, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 23, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • November 10, 2009: New photos from J.P.
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Linda Daffron
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01
Posted November 8, 2015, by E. Hulleman (Edhulleman [at] Juno [dot] com)

Nicely renovated & can be accessed thru the Scipio Fire Station parking lot. Not an actual bypass bridge, although it is suitable to drive thru for a scenic view

Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01
Posted July 12, 2015, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bypass bridge is completed on a totally different road alignment to SR 7. The covered bridge is boarded up at both ends, and the original road through town does not connect the bypass road. Just read an Indiana Economic Digest article saying along the lines the bridge is to undergo an extensive renovation, and afterwards it would still be open to vehicular traffic. Just hope no truckers trust their gps like one did in Spencerville.

Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01
Posted October 18, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Work has began to bypass this bridge. It wasn't that big a surprise. Scipio probably has at least 100 or more residents. So the road this covered bridge is on is probably an artery where there is considerable traffic. I remember first seeing the Scipio bridge in 1989 after the rehab in excellent condition with an 11 ton limit. That hasn't lasted and traffic become heavy. What matters is that after the bypass the covered bridge is well maintained and not forgotten.

Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01
Posted July 11, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

IMO bypass is seldom a good thing, with it usually comes a disincentive to budget for maintenance of the claddings and clean the leaflitter away from the Bed Timbers.

Scipio Covered Bridge 14-40-01
Posted July 11, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like this bridge will be bypassed based on recent contracts posted.