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Fall Fork Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #115573



Fall Fork Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

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Fall Fork Bridge - Open

video by Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over Fall Fork Clifty Creek on CR 300 North
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Reopened to traffic after repair.
Built ca. 1920
Riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 98.4 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #39
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.24611, -85.70722   (decimal degrees)
39°14'46" N, 85°42'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/611556/4344884 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0300037 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15810 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.1 (out of 100)
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6-panel truss (646)
Bartholomew County, Indiana (73)
Built during 1920s (9,926)
Indiana (4,918)
One-lane traffic (7,606)
Open (39,894)
Owned by county (20,786)
Pratt through truss (5,394)
Pratt truss (9,301)
Riveted (2,167)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,433)
Through truss (15,079)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,174)
Truss (32,804)
Wooden deck (6,069)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 6, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge is refurbished and Open to traffic
  • November 18, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 28, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 10, 2016: Updated by J.P.: closed to traffic
  • December 27, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Illinois Steel Co."
  • December 19, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added county bridge number
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "One-lane traffic"
  • March 22, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon


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


Fall Fork Bridge
Posted August 6, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is open, at least since Tom Hoffman, stated February 2018. Looking Good!!

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Tom Hoffman

Bridge has been reopened with a new metal grate deck and a 5 ton limit. This doesn't seem like an extensive rehab. Possibly touching up on things and deck replacement. I can't help but wonder if the bridge will get an entire rehab someday.

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted December 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

C'mon Bartholomew County! Hope it gets repaired!!

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted December 4, 2017, by Jonathan (jfinerfrock [at] yahoo [dot] com)

heard over the weekend that all decking had been removed and thought that this was the beginning of the end. then this morning saw Heavy equipment and a trailer full of heavy I beams. drove by and there were folks getting ready to do work??? saw an article in the republic dated July 2017 that this was on a list of the top 5 bridges to be rehabilitated in the county???

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted February 10, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

checked on the bridge on 2-8, the bridge is still closed, noticed there is ply wood on each of the bridge. not sure if its a deck issue or what the reason is for the closure.

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted June 10, 2015, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found the bridge closed last night(6-9) with gravel at each end. Instead of being restored a few years ago, I think it was just painted black over the rust and the floor boards replaced. The weight limit suddenly went from eight tons to three before closure. I just read Nathan's post on how the bridge was like not on historic selection which is crazy. That shouldn't be a reason just to tear the bridge down. Its a lovely little bridge near the beautiful Anderson Falls area. Losing this bridge would turn the area into a dump.

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted March 10, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Restored? Looks instead like its on the chopping block. http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/County-must-deci...

Fall Fork Bridge
Posted July 3, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice little riveted thru truss that has been restored. Don't know who the builder was, but it's interesting to note that this bridge carries markings from 3 steel companies- Cambria, J&L, and Illinois.

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