Spencerville, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Monday night the DeKalb County Commissioners approved an Ohio based engineering firm to conduct the repairs to the historic covered bridge that was damaged in September.
Jutte Excavating from Fort Recovery, Ohio won the $103,000 contract. The DeKalb County Commissioners approved Jutte based on a recommendation from an engineering firm and because it was cheapest.
Don Kaufman, (R) DeKalb County Commissioner said, “cheapest is not always best, but Jutte was highly recommended.”
And the case against the man accused of damaging the landmark moves forward.
Attorneys couldn't reach at deal for 46-year-old Gerard Hudson of Waukegan, Illinois. So Hudson could be headed for a jury trial on January 16th.
He faces criminal mischief and "driving with a suspended license" charges.
Hudson says he was just following his GPS, pressed his luck and tried to pass over the St. Joseph River using the covered bridge, instead of the more modern bridge located nearby along CR 68.
The truck broke crossbeams and roof supports the entire length of the bridge as it crossed the span heading eastbound. As the truck reached the end it knocked the bridge's east end sign to the ground.
The Spencerville Covered Bridge was built in 1873, and is declared a National Historical Landmark. It is the only covered bridge in DeKalb County.
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