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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
July 24, 2003

Historic Ohio Bridges to be Maintained

[COLUMBUS] Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor announced today the department has allocated nearly $1.4 million for the historic restoration and preservation of six Ohio Bridges.

The Federal Highway Administration will provide $340,000 of the funding though the National Historic Covered Bridge Program which provides funds to states to preserve, rehabilitate or restore historic covered bridges.

"These bridges are among the most distinctive covered bridges in the U.S., so maintaining their charm is an important priority in Ohio," said Proctor.

The Eldean Covered Bridge in Miami County will use the $340,000 from the FHWA grant and an additional $117,600 from ODOT for rehabilitation and preservation. The bridge was built in 1860 and spans the Great Miami River between Piqua and Troy. It is reported to be the longest "Long Truss" bridge in the nation, the second longest covered bridge in Ohio, and one of the 10 oldest covered bridges in Ohio.

The Brubaker Covered Bridge in Preble County, located on Brubaker Road over Sams Run Creek, one mile west of Gratis, will receive $331,833 for restoration. Built in 1887, the bridge boasts a distinctive Childs truss and is one of six remaining Childs truss bridges in the nation.

The Foraker Covered Bridge in Monroe County, located on Plainview Road over the Little Muskingum River in Perry Township will receive $371,517 for restoration. The two-span multiple king post bridge was built in 1886.

The Caldwell Crossing Covered Bridge in Ross County, located on Lower Twin Road over Buckskin Creek, will receive $97,200 for preservation. Built in 1873, the bridge uses a variation of the Smith Truss.

The Martinsville Road Covered Bridge in Clinton County, located on County Road 80 over Todds Fork, will receive $115,600 for preservation. The single span Multiple King Post bridge was built in 1871.

The Shaeffer/Campbell Bridge in Belmont County, located at the Belmont Campus of Ohio University, will receive $45,520 for preservation through the program.

These bridge projects were reviewed and ranked by a seven-member committee of state and federal officials and covered bridge experts.

 Link to: ODOT's Ohio Covered Bridge site