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If all goes well, the only covered bridge in Adams County will be fully restored by the middle of next year.
At Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, the three executives signed a contract with USI Consultants of Indianapolis for an amount not to exceed $75,000 so USIC can survey and inspect the bridge, create a bridge design plan, draw up specifications for the rehabilitation project, and perform oversight of the bidding and renovation processes.
County Engineer Tim Barkey said the work could be done by the end of this year if the firm that gets the bid really pushes the project hard, but he and Commissioner Doug Bauman said it is more likely that the bridge will be refurbished by June of 2012.
The covered bridge is located in Limberlost Park near Ceylon, just north of Geneva and over the Wabash River.