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Clifty Creek Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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BH Photo #157251



Lost through truss bridge over Clifty Creek on CR 490 N
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1910; replaced 1994
Riveted Pratt through truss
Span length: 128.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #61
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.27479, -85.70173   (decimal degrees)
39°16'29" N, 85°42'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/611985/4348074 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300057 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38842 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 91 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 7, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted coordinates for location of old bridge.
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alt. name and truss type
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Clifty Creek Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Liability occurs rarely? Try "never". At least there was not a single State DOT able to report any historic bridge related tort activity to an SRI Foundation study that I frequently quote.

Clifty Creek Bridge
Posted March 7, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just another case of that ugly "L" word.....Liability. Although this rarely happens, the commissioners see it as an easy way to warrant getting rid of a historic bridge. Look at Switzerland County.......it took them 27 years to play that card! Signs posted at both ends saying that the user assumes responsibility would do the trick.

Clifty Creek Bridge
Posted March 7, 2010, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a bridge that could have been left in its spot. The new bridge was built like 100 to 200 feet away. The county just took it down and only the abutments remain. It was not in the way of anything. This would have made a nice park area too.