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Brown County State Park's North Entrance Closed

Covered Bridge in Brown County State Park under construction

Repairs being made to the bridge include new siding, shingles, flooring, and other foundation reinforcements. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Brown County State Park’s north entrance will be closed until May 9 while the covered bridge at the entry point is under repair.

Doug Baird, the property manager at Brown County State Park, says they’ve know the bridge was in need of repairs for a few years.

“Between our appeals to the Indiana Department of Transportation and their own inspections of the bridge, it was figured out it was time to get something done to it just to preserve it from further decay,” he says.

Workers will repair the flooring, siding and roof on the bridge. 

Originally built in Putnam County in 1838, it is Indiana’s oldest surviving covered bridge. The state moved the structure to Brown County State Park in 1938.

Baird says park guests should use the park’s west entrance, which is two miles south of Nashville on State Road 46.

He says the northern entrance with the covered bridge is usually their busiest point of access to the park, but they setup an extra lane at their west entrance to accommodate any increased traffic.

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