AUBURN, Indiana — A 140-year-old covered bridge in northeastern Indiana heavily damaged last fall when a too-tall semitrailer drove over it will be fitted with donated barn beams to ward off future damage.
The DeKalb County commissioners endorsed a proposal Monday to hang the beams at both ends of the one-lane Spencerville Covered Bridge.
County highway department head Eric Patton says the beams will serve as last-chance bumpers for tall vehicles trying to cross the bridge about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.
The Star of Auburn reports (http://bit.ly/Zxumec ) the beams are the finishing touches to the repaired 150-foot-long bridge, which lost several crossbeams and roof supports last September when a semi tractor-trailer drove across it. A truck driver from Illinois was sentenced to 180 days in jail for that incident.
Information from: The (Auburn, Indiana) Star, http://www.dekalbstar.com