The Brubaker Covered Bridge, a covered Childs through truss, is located over Sam’s Run on Brubaker Road in Preble County, Ohio.
The Brubaker Covered Bridge was constructed on Aukerman Creek Road in 1887 by Everett S. Sherman 1 at the cost of $986, with the abutments built by T.J. Smith for $1,422. 2 The original design of the bridge featured an entirely closed siding but it was opened during a later renovation to allow for improved sight distances because of the curvature of the roadway approaches.
Preliminary work on the restoration of the Brubaker Covered Bridge began by the county engineering department in 2001. 2 The project was initially approved for the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, for which 80% of the cost would be covered by federal funds, but the federal funds were withdrawn because of the War in Iraq. Because of the efforts of Linda Bailiff of the Office of Local Assistance, the Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to provide $237,600 in state funding and $92,400 in PCEO funding for the renovation.
The crossing was closed and rehabilitated in 2005 and 2006 by The Righter Company, Gresham Smith & Partners, and Vital Signs, with the final walk-through conducted on June 21, 2006. 2 The weight limit on the crossing was subsequently raised from five tons to 12 tons.
- State: Ohio
- Route: Aukerman Creek Road
- Type: Covered Childs through truss
- Status: Active - Automobile
- Total Length: 88 feet
- Main Span Length: 73.2 feet
- Deck Width: 15 feet
- Above Vertical Clearance: 10 feet
- Navigational Clearance:
- “Brubaker Covered Bridge.” Bridgehunter.com. N.p., 23 June 2010. Web. 18 May 2012.
- “Brubaker Covered Bridge.” Preble County Engineering Department. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2012. Article.