Dunbar Damaged

Friday, February 20, 2015
A call to Putnam County 911 Dispatch Thursday afternoon alerted authorities to damage to the southeast end of Dunbar Covered Bridge in Greencastle Township. The call came in at 2:57 p.m., with Putnam County Sheriff's Department Lt. Donnie Pettit responding to investigate and a Putnam County Highway Department unit (pictured) later reporting to assess the damage. There is no major structural problem, with the impact only knocking loose a cross member support and several pieces of wooden siding. The 135-year-old bridge over Big Walnut Creek has been damaged several times in the last few years, with the culprits on at least two occasions being semi drivers whose GPS units led them on an unfortunate route through the Putnam County countryside. No word was available on the cause of the damage as of Thursday evening.

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  • I am glad there was no extensive damage to the bridge.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Thu, Feb 19, 2015, at 11:33 PM
  • Me too. Years ago I lived 4 houses up the road from the bridge and consequently I crossed the bridge at least 2 to 4 or more times a day for over 37 years. It hurts me when I hear it has been damaged for some reason... I hope they keep it on the restore list at least as long as I am on this earth!!!!!

    -- Posted by waepc on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 9:42 AM
  • :( Yes, repair and restore if needed. These bridges are part of our county's history. They are beautiful, nostalgic pieces that make our county unique. I love seeing them and driving through them...never tire of them.

    -- Posted by Lindy62 on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 10:14 AM
  • Again? We need to install a giant yellow steel bar at about 10' height on both approaches to this bridge.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Sat, Feb 21, 2015, at 11:50 AM
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