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Covered bridge pact to Ohio firm

July 12, 2011

    The Adams County Commissioners on Monday accepted the bid of Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, for $321,910.93 to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge near Ceylon.
    The project will start soon, grant administrator Dave Milligan of Portland said, since June of 2012 is the deadline to have the work done.
    County Engineer Tim Barkey said he will help provide oversight of the project.
    The project has $441,280 available, which includes engineering costs and paying the grant administrator.
    Jutte was one of six bidders for the project.
    Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Transportation says improvements to the nation’s largest covered bridge have been completed ahead of schedule.
    The agency says a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored Medora Covered Bridge will take place Tuesday afternoon.
    The span over the East Fork of the White River in Jackson County was built in 1875 and is the last standing triple-span covered bridge in Indiana. It measures 434 feet long with a 12-foot overhang at each end. The site about 50 miles north of Louisville, Ky., is on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Federal funds paid the restoration. It originally was scheduled to be completed in November.

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