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Rebuilt Spencerville covered bridge opens

SPENCERVILLE, Ind. – A historic covered bridge that was badly damaged when a semi drove through it more than nine months ago has reopened to traffic.

The 140-year-old Spencerville Covered Bridge passed a final inspection Tuesday. Traffic under 12 feet, 6 inches and weighing less than 3 tons is again allowed to travel the span.

Bridge rehabilitator Bonnie Money told The Star in Auburn ( that little of the span was salvageable after the semi tore apart its interior. Crews were able to save some of the iron shoes that held the trusses in place and used new parts to rebuild the bridge the way it was initially constructed in the 1870s.

Money says the crews are happy to have brought the bridge back for the community.