By: Sharon Aron Baron
The iconic covered bridge in Coral Springs was damaged after a truck tried to pass under the low-clearance roof.
According to Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek, a box truck – a truck with an enclosed square-shaped cargo area, hit the structure located south of Wiles Road at NW 95th Avenue which has closed the roadway. The covered bridge has 10 feet 4 inches of clearance for vehicles which was marked with a sign.
Built in 1964, the 40-foot bridge has a single steel span. Its roof is composed of 25 truss rafters, cross braces and stringers and is covered with shingles. It was designed by George Hodapp and constructed by Lewie Mullins, and George Porter of Coral Ridge Properties.
Originally painted barn red, James S. Hunt, president of Coral Ridge Properties, wanted to convey a sense of the Old South on the otherwise barren landscape.
Hunt’s vision for Coral Springs was of a totally planned “City in the Country” with brick colonial-style public buildings, boulevards planted with flowers and the Covered Bridge as its centerpiece.
The bridge also has a Florida Heritage Site Marker in recognition of its architecture and historical significance to the state. The covered bridge is depicted in Coral Springs’ previous city seal and is the only covered bridge located on a public right-of-way in the state of Florida.
Cars and trucks will need to access the area via Coral Hills Drive until the covered bridge is re-opened.