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PERRY COUNTY - A little history will get a lot of help thanks to a $240,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Huffman Mill Covered Bridge, which spans the Anderson River between Perry and Spencer counties was awarded the grant as part of the National Historic Covered Bride Preservation Program. The bridge, which was built in 1864 by William T. Washer, was named Huffman Mill because of the close proximity of the mill built by George Huffman.
"I am very pleased the Highway Administration has allocated this sizeable grant to making improvements to the Huffman Mill Covered Bridge," said Rep. Baron Hill in a press release about the grant. "The covered bridges across southern Indiana are such an important part of our community's history."
The grant will pay for cleaning and painting exterior siding, spot repairs to damaged siding, removing graffiti from inside the bridge, replacing all tie-down cables and improving slope protection around the structure.
The bridge is 136 feet long with a portal clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches wide and 11 feet, 6 inches high. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, the bridge is located on County Road 1300 N, off of Highway 545 between New Boston and Fulda.