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Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in January 2008


BH Photo #126221

Street View 



Clermont County’s historic Stonelick Covered Bridge collapsed Tuesday afternoon as construction crews worked on its restoration. No one was injured. The cause is under investigation.

The 136-year-old structure on Stonelick-Williams Corner Road is the only covered bridge in Clermont County, and one of about 140 covered bridges in Ohio. It has been closed to traffic since May 2010, when a heavy truck caused damage to the floor beams. A plan to restore the bridge, retaining its historic characteristics, was put in place in March 2012. Work began in October.

Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger said the entire bridge collapsed; half of it is in the creek, and half lies on temporary shoring that was erected under the bridge. Four workers were on the bridge when it collapsed, but they were able to jump to safety.

Officials with the Columbus-based contractor will be in Clermont County Wednesday morning to discuss the next steps, Manger said.


Covered bridge over Stonelick Creek on Stonelick Williams Corner Road (CR 116)
Clermont County, Ohio
Collapsed during reconstruction Feb. 11, 2014. Rebuilt and returned to service
Built 1878; rehabilitated 1971; closed after overweight truck crossed 2010; collapsed during rehabilitation Feb. 11, 2014, rebuilt 2015
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 136.2 ft.
Total length: 140.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1974
Also called
Perintown Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.13128, -84.18711   (decimal degrees)
39°07'53" N, 84°11'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/743142/4335113 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1359975 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-13-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 74001419 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 27371 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,402)
Built 1878 (106)
Built during 1870s (1,274)
Clermont County, Ohio (48)
Covered (1,984)
Functionally obsolete (5,818)
Have street view (28,921)
Howe through truss (516)
Howe truss (644)
NR-listed (3,014)
Ohio (4,201)
One-lane traffic (7,840)
Open (40,969)
Owned by county (21,615)
Preserved (1,229)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,423)
Through truss (16,828)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,189)
Truss (35,517)
Wooden deck (6,163)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 30, 2015: Updated by Will Truax: Updated status
  • March 12, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • February 11, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge collapsed during reconstruction; rebuilding anticipated
  • June 22, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: I was told the bridge had been damaged by a truck and closed. I was in the area and stopped by the bridge, and did find it closed but could find no signs of damage.
  • October 24, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 16, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger



Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted August 30, 2015, by James Moore (Big_Ford_Country [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As a recent bridge facebook and official clermont co site reported Bridge is now OPEN for buisness. I have a realative living near here and also reported it open to me as it makes it easier to get to their house. Signs are posted you must STOP before crossing as it is a blind spot

Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted January 30, 2015, by Jan C.

I visited the bridge recently. It has been under reconstruction since July, by Ohio construction company, Righter Construction. It is quite close to being open to traffic again and looks beautiful.

According to the construction crew present, 58% of the original bridge material was able to be used for the reconstruction. The decking is 100% new materials.

I will update the photos soon.

Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted April 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted February 11, 2014, by john mckenzie (backpckrmckenzie [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridge has collapsed during renovations, doesn't look good. The truss from the south side of the bridge is what is laying horizontal. The north truss and roof was down in the creek.

Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted February 11, 2014, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just saw coverage on local news. Despite another news site describing it as a "portion" of the bridge, it looks like a total loss.

Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted February 11, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Stonelick Covered Bridge 35-13-02
Posted February 11, 2014, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of the 5:00 p.m. news on 2-11-14 this bridge has reportedly suffered a catastrophic collapse into the creek. I'm thrilled we can pump billions into Iraq over the years but we had to let the last covered bridge in Clermont County sit for months after damage until it finally dropped. According to the news report a victory had just been won to restore it vs. replacing it. There were reportedly 4 workers on the bridge that are apparently OK. Since it took this long to win a restoration of the bridge, I have to wonder if there's any hope of a rebuild. Have not seen any pictures yet.

Stonelick Covered Bridge
Posted March 21, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Local advocates for a reasoned preservation minded approach to the rehabilitation of this bridge have their voices heard - http://t.co/lSr3epnJ

Stonelick Covered Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you for the update Will! I didn't want to ignore the no trespassing signs to go underneath the bridge, but knew if there was damage it had to be in the floor system. I did notice the remnants of some yellow police tape and knew that something had indeed happened.

It is time for Clermont County to consider bypassing this bridge, or in worse case moving it. I love to see historic bridges maintained in their original location, but this span has had too many issues with vehicle damage and i fear it will be destroyed.

Stonelick Covered Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by Will (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

There was damage - See this slideshow, the "displaced boards" are dislodged lower lateral braces. The shear failures in the floor beams are evident in these photos...

The forces imparted by this overload were in all probability dynamic - This truck in all likelihood left the road at the approaches apron, and literally impacted the floor.

Only the dislodged and hanging laterals brought on an emergency inspection and perhaps averted the probability that the next outlaw ignoring all reason, common sense and the weight limit signs from a catastrophic failure and a dip in the drink.

The driver was charged with a misdemeanor (hope they don't give him the chair) this past weekend!