Tree falls on Roseville Covered Bridge in Parke County
May 10—A large tree fell on the Roseville Covered Bridge north of Rosedale on Wednesday morning, causing closure of County Road 325 West at that intersection until further notice.
While the roof and entrance have some damage, Parke County Commissioner Jim Meece said it appears no structural damage occurred and the bridge can be repaired, but it will have to be assessed by engineers.
"We don't know yet how long it will be closed," Meece said. Layne Tree Experts has volunteered to remove the tree later this week at no charge.
"Then we'll have to assess the damage to the roof to make sure it is safe to drive under. It looks like it is but we'll have to see for sure once we get the tree off," Meece said.
Once re-opened, the bridge may have to be closed for a short period while repairs are made.
Parke County deputies, Lyford Fire Department, Parke County Highway and Parke County REMC responded to the incident Wednesday morning.
It's the third bridge at this location; the second bridge was destroyed by arson fire in April 1910.