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Newbern Bridge

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Photo taken by Anthony Dillon

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BH Photo #115578

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Clifty Creek on CR 850 East
Location
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Status
Moved to Peoples Park in Columbus
Future prospects
Planned on being relocated to the Columbus People Trail to cross over Haw Creek.
History
Built ca. 1910; rehabilitated 1982
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Design
Pin-connected, 8-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 151.2 ft.
Total length: 155.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bartholomew County Bridge #26
Clifty Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.23694, -85.75167   (decimal degrees)
39°14'13" N, 85°45'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/607735/4343813 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabethtown
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
850
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300024 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15802 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 5, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: This bridge has been moved off of the creek and marked for disassembly and moving to Columbus.
  • February 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated prospects
  • December 19, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 22, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated builder

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Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Newbern Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Assume this will carry the Columbus People Trail over Haw Creek.

Newbern Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

From the 18th Month Bid Schedule: LETTING DATE: 02/08/2017 CONTRACT: B-29420 Reassemble / rehabilitate former "Bridge No. 26" at Lincoln Park in Columbus

Newbern Bridge
Posted March 18, 2015, by Dick Metz (dickmetz [at] att [dot] net)

After cranes lifted the 105-year-old iron-truss Newbern Bridge from its foundations Jan. 28, workers discovered an unexpected historic find.

In todays Republic, Columbus Indiana. New info on Newbern Bridge. It seems it may be a Cambria ...dick

Crews uncovered a one word mill print not recognizable to the general public today: Cambria.

But project engineer Eric Brunn says that stamp proves the historic bridge, which will become part of the Columbus People Trails in a few years, isn't just rare among surviving iron-truss bridges today.

"It's is in the highest category of rare historic bridges," said Brunn in regard to the former crossing over Clifty Creek along County Road 850N. "There never were many of these."

For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.

Newbern Bridge
Posted March 3, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Newbern Bridge
Posted October 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Newbern Bridge
Posted July 17, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Newbern Bridge
Posted January 23, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Now that is interesting. I'm just wondering why the bridge was all of the sudden brought up. Either way, I agree that preservation was the best choice. In case you haven't done so, Tony, perhaps you can add these facts in the Comment section of my article, so that the readers have some more info to chew on. Your help would be great. Thanks!

JS

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 22, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Actually Jason, this bridge and it's future have been a topic of discussion in the county for several years now. While the remaining Pratt trusses have received varying degrees of preservation, the Newbern Bridge has had none. Several years ago I had heard that the county was considering replacement for this span. I talked to an official and mentioned that this was the only Camelback they had remaining. The next thing I know they are looking at restoration. Finally, after sitting untouched for many more years, they have apparently settled on this option.

I like where it is located now and feel it could be adequately restored for continued use... But am ultimately glad to just see it be preserved.

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 21, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Don,

For that reason, that article appeared to have made sense regardless of the degree of difficulty in reading the sentence. What would interest me is how and why that decision was made to restore it so abruptly. That would require some in depth research. But yeah, annonymous should be a bit more specific. When he says this and it refers to my article, it's an insult in my book.

Thanks for your two cents, BTW. ;-)

JS

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 20, 2014, by Don Morrison

Hey, Jason;

Your article was clear, perhaps the anonymous poster was referring to the January 14th anonymous posting.

I found that one to be a rather challenging read. It seems to consist of one very long sentence.

Just my $0.02. 8^)

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 20, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Hey! Annonymous! I'm going by what has been mentioned in the papers and what I've collected for information. If you have anything to contradict, then right here, right now! Otherwise Schnauze halten!!! ;-(

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 20, 2014, by Anonymous

This article makes NO sense whatsoever!

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 20, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)
Newbern Bridge
Posted January 20, 2014, by Anonymous

I did just now read in the Columbus Republic newspaper that they are going to move / shift the Big Bridge over to Eastbrook Shopping Center at U.S HWY 31 and 25th st for people to cross Haw Creek on the Columbus's People Trail so this Big Bridge is going to go from Clifty Creek on 850 East to Haw Creek on People Trails as a walking bridge - I don't know why that people don't always do this with all Big Bridges instead of scrapping them out - preserve , restore or reuse them is the right answer

Newbern Bridge
Posted January 14, 2014, by Anonymous

I had read in the Columbus Republic today (1/14/14) that the county is wanting to tear down this Big Bridge , Please restore (do not replace) this Big Bridge , there is absolutely nothing wrong with this Big Bridge that would cause it to be replaced with one of those eyesore concrete bridges where we cannot see the water when we go across the bridge - these Big Bridges are beautiful and exciting to go across, it is just as exciting as riding on a roller coaster or if I found $1000.00 in cash as is it when I go across a Big Bridge , and I will be furious when I see this and other iron / steel and covered Big Bridges get torn down , please preserve and restore these Big Bridges when it is falling apart and make it stronger and hold heavier vehicles , these iron and steel and covered big bridges are a masterpiece work of art that needs to be kept and taken care of so it does not get torn down , keep these beautiful structures strong so they will last for years , I don't understand why that is when someone tears down an Iron, steel or covered bridge , they don't replace it with another iron or steel or covered Big Bridge that is stronger and better than the one that got torn down rather than replacing it with one of those eyesore and senseless Concrete Bridges that makes me mad , these concrete bridges that replace the very wrongfully torn down Iron , steel and covered Big Bridges are not right because they are not fancy and ornate and exciting to go across as the iron and steel and covered bridges are , I feel like I found $1'000.00 when I go across an Iron , Steel or Covered Big Bridge - but when I see they replaced a Steel or a Covered or an Iron Big Bridge - I don't even want to see the area anymore where the Big Bridge was - that is how furious it makes me when I see that an Iron , Steel or Covered big Bridge is gone with an eyesore concrete Bridge , I think people should repair and fix worn down parts on Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and Not tear down the bridges and re - open them up after the repairs are done and make them wider so then that way county roads will be double lanes and highways will be quad lanes, I always wonder what are people thinking when they decide on tearing down a beautiful Iron , Steel , Covered Big Bridge instead of improving it and making it better and nicer and leaving it where it has been for years or use it somewhere else on another road , these Iron and Steel and covered Big Bridges would not become rarer and more scarce if there were people who would preserve and restore and make these bridges stronger and not tear them down and replace them with eyesore concrete bridges - I cannot even see the water when I go across the Concrete Bridges which is very unfair and rude , this big bridge reminds me so much of the span of the George Steenbarger Big Bridge across Flat Rock River on 800N in Bartholomew County that was also very senselessly and wrongfully torn down in 1992 instead of being fixed and repaired and now one of those eyesore concrete Bridges exist where it should not be at ,I would not mind it if the county would repair or fix problems with the Iron , Steel or Covered Big Bridges , but to tear them down and replace them with an eyesore concrete bridge is just plain senseless , infuriating , unfair and wrong. I totally discourage Iron and steel and Covered Big Bridges being torn down unless it is to be replaced with a better and stronger Iron and Steel and Covered Bridge , I expect the U.S. Highway department to tear down the eyesore concrete bridge across the Flat Rock River on HWY 31 in Bartholomew County because the Steel Big Bridge should Still be there because it was not a problem - I do wait on the Hendricks Ford Bridge on county road 950 N in Bartholomew County Indiana to be repaired so traffic can cross it . tearing down the Steel and Iron and Covered Big Bridges is just plain frustrating and infuriating and torturous and unfair . they need to be preserved and restored - not torn down - tearing down is not the correct answer to saving and restoring these beautiful Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges. I would love it if someone would start restoring the Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and tear down the eyesore concrete ones where there was once Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and replace the eyesore Concrete Bridges with what was Previously there before putting in the eyesore concrete bridges. Another way to think of the feeling I get when I go across / through a Iron / Steel / Covered big Bridge is the same exact feeling when someone is riding on a roller coaster , I love that rushing exciting feeling and that doesn't happen when I go across one of those eyesore concrete bridges. I don't think that tearing down a Iron - Steel and Covered Bridge is a good answer , strengthening and improving the Iron - Steel and Covered bridge and making it last a lot longer is the correct answer , So Restore and improve the Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges - we don't want to see the eyesore concrete bridges we keep seeing when an Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridge gets torn down - those eyesore concrete bridges make me want to cover my eyes and ears and scream because I know what was once there should still be there ( an Iron or Steel or a Covered Big Bridge that got unfairly torn down )I just want the big bridges saved , preserved and not torn down where we cannot see and use them , I had heard that the George Steenbarger Big Bridge was going to be relocated to Mill Race Park after it got torn down from Flat Rock River on 800N in Bartholomew County or taken to the Henry Breeding Farm in Edinburgh but neither of those happened but the Span on this Big Bridge is an exact duplicate to 1 of the 3 spans that was on the George Steenbarger Big Bridge

Newbern Bridge
Posted December 29, 2013, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Funding mysteriously falls through.

See: http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Bridge-funding-f...

Newbern Bridge
Posted February 4, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup...that'd be the same place!

Right up there with Preble County, Ohio destroying an historic pony truss in Hueston Woods to build a non-historic (and unfortunately rather ugly) covered bridge...and then deciding to move another soon to be replaced pony to the park for reuse.

In all fairness, Bartholomew County has done a nice job of saving their metal trusses. The city of Columbus is solely responsible for the White Creek Bridge debacle. And I am happy to see the Newbern Bridge that was once on a replacement list being saved.

I just hope the city doesn't decide they want something else there in the future!

Newbern Bridge
Posted February 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Just curious, is this the same Columbus, Indiana that demolished a historic thru truss they already had?

http://www.bridgehunter.com/in/bartholomew/mill-race-park-tr...

I hope they have an agreement that prevents them from bulldozing this bridge in the future.

Newbern Bridge
Posted February 3, 2013, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Note; the 1.4 million dollars is for construction of a new concrete bridge not the moving costs of the old iron bridge to Columbus.

Newbern Bridge
Posted February 3, 2013, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to a November 2012 front page article in the (Columbus) Republic the bridge is going to be replaced. The old Newbern Bridge is going to become a pedestrian bridge moved to the Columbus People Trail over Haw Creek near the 25th Street Bridge. The target date appears to be perhaps sometime later this year. The price is around 1.4 million dollars. The 103- year- old bridge is located on the north edge of the small town of Newbern in eastern Bartholomew County