This project included the inspection, analysis and preparation of rehabilitation plans for both San Toy Covered Bridge and Barkhurst Covered Bridge in Morgan County, Ohio.
The San-Toy and Barkhurst Timber Covered Bridges (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) were built in 1875 and 1872 respectively using a multiple kingpost timber truss. Both served Morgan County carrying vehicular, pedestrian, and animal loads for over a century. This included carrying grain to the Barkhurst Mill.
Recent increases in vehicular loading and deterioration of truss members required the addition of temporary steel bents under both bridges. Eventually, both bridges closed to vehicular traffic due to continued deterioration. Today, hikers traveling the Buckeye Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail use the Barkhurst Bridge.
In 2008, Steve Hook, P.E, P.S., County Engineer, received Transportation Enhancement Funding for rehabilitation of the San-Toy and in 2011, a National Covered Bridge Preservation Program grant for rehabilitation of the Barkhurst. The San-Toy rehabilitation began in March 2013 and was completed in September. The Barkhurst rehabilitation began in September 2013 and was completed in July 2014.
Ben Russell, PE