We A public meeting to organize the group Friends of Scotland Bridge will be held Thursday, April 22 at 6:30pm, at Cragun House, home of the Boone County Historical Society 404 W. Main Street, Lebanon.
Built in 1901, the Scotland Bridge over Sugar Creek is located on County Road 200 E (Lost Road), Mechanicsburg, 8 miles north of Lebanon. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining true stone arch bridges in Indiana.
The County is following plans to demolish the bridge in the coming months. If approved, it would be replaced with a two-lane concrete bridge. A study conducted by an outside consulting firm explored a number of options for the County to follow and they recommended the least expensive option, to demolish and replace the one-lane Scotland Bridge.
One of the options in the study was for an outside group to take responsibility for the care of the bridge and decommissioning it to pedestrian use. If approved, a diversion roadway and new bridge would be built around Scotland Bridge. Boone County Commissioners stated they would look at any proposal and consider it. Engineering plans will soon be drawn so time is short to save the bridge.
If you wish to support the community and its effort to save the Scotland Bridge, please attend the Thursday meeting.