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Cost to fix Spencerville Covered Bridge: $115,000

The Spencerville Covered Bridge has been closed since it was heavily damaged Wednesday. (News-Sentinel file photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
The Spencerville Covered Bridge has been closed since it was heavily damaged Wednesday. (News-Sentinel file photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012 01:08 pm
A county official says the damage isn't as bad as it looks on a nearly 140-year-old wooden covered bridge in northeastern Indiana that had its roof trusses broken when a too-tall semitrailer drove through it.DeKalb County's insurance agent told the County Council on Monday that the trucking company has been cooperative and seems to want repairs made to the Spencerville Covered Bridge as quickly as possible.

The Star of Auburn reports county highway superintendent Eric Patton says repairs are estimated to cost about $115,000 and the damage won't get worse during the wait.

The one-lane bridge about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne has been closed to traffic since last week when the truck tore down several 6-by-6-inch crossbeams, roof supports and metal tie rods.

A deputy arrested the driver, Gerard Hudson, 46, of Waukegan, Ill., on a felony charge of criminal mischief and driving while his license was suspended. A bypass bridge was finished in 2003 for heavy traffic. but Hudson said he was following the route on his GPS that took him through the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1873 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

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