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Cedar shingles roof not required for Mill Race covered bridge

A new roof on the covered bridge in Mill Race Park will not have to be the expensive cedar shake shingles currently in place according to historic preservation experts.

County Engineer Danny Hollander briefed the Bartholomew County Council on the state of the bridge repairs Tuesday night. He said that Bartholomew County had been assured that the county could use a metal roof if it chooses to.

"I checked with the historic people, and as far as they are concerned, that bridge was built in 1985," Hollander said. "And so the historic agencies have no interest in telling us what to do, on that."

The bridge was originally built in 1862 in Richmond but rebuilt in Columbus in 1985. Because the county is responsible for bridge repair countywide, it is responsible for the upkeep of the bridge in the city park.

Several council members suggested that the county should consider whatever is cheapest. The state does put money into a covered bridge preservation fund for such projects, Hollander has said before.

Hollander said the county would find out the price difference between the cedar and a metal roof this fall, but city parks officials want to preserve the cedar. Hollander said the actual work will probably be put off until late fall because the park has many events scheduled.
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:24:26 AM

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