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Norris Ford Covered Bridge 14-70-08



Photo taken Sept. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102987


Norris Ford Covered Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


This is the next to last bridge constructed by the Kennedy family. It does not feature the trademark scrolls and brackets found on earlier Kennedy spans. They were Victorian styling that was considered to be out of vogue by the early 20th century.


Covered bridge over Flatrock River on CR 300 North
Rush County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1916 by E. L. Kennedy
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 147.9 ft.
Total length: 152.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65533, -85.40950   (decimal degrees)
39°39'19" N, 85°24'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/636448/4390712 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7000090 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
WGCB 14-70-08 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 17002 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1916 (727)
Built during 1910s (9,973)
Burr arch-truss (444)
Covered (1,979)
Flatrock River (31)
Indiana (5,098)
Navigable waterway (2,204)
One-lane traffic (7,837)
Open (40,969)
Owned by county (21,612)
Rush County, Indiana (61)
Select (531)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,421)
Through truss (16,816)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,188)
Truss (35,500)
Wooden deck (6,162)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2021: New video from Mike Daffron
  • January 16, 2021: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 23, 2018: New photo from Linda Daffron
  • May 26, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • November 9, 2010: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • 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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Norris Ford Covered bridge
Posted November 9, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photo #8 is not a picture of the Norris Ford Bridge, it is the Smith Covered Bridge located just over a mile downstream. The Norris Ford Bridge never had scrolls and brackets like it's 19th century counterparts, as these things were considered to be out of vogue by 1916.