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Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Suiter


BH Photo #154738

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Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on IN 39
Boone County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1940; rehabilitated 1989; Replaced 2020
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 155.8 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.16167, -86.48556   (decimal degrees)
40°09'42" N, 86°29'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543809/4445827 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
800 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 013320 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15848 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 25, 2021: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge has been replaced
  • June 16, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • February 14, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 10, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • December 2, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • July 25, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Add Altitude
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added truss type.


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


Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted August 1, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Matt and Tony,speaking of PennDOT i read in the local paper here in Reading Pa that PennDOT is having financial problems concerning long range infrastructure funding which means possibly bridge projects will be pushed back further for repair or replacement.I do agree that PennDOT has their way of thinking which doesn't sit well with people and I have my opinion which I can't print here due to a lot of cuss words.I'll keep everybody informed what happens with PennDOT and their funding problems for bridge projects.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted August 1, 2019, by Matt Lohry

You're spot on there, Tony. Indiana is light years ahead of my home state of Wisconsin on the preservation front; WisDOT is more like PennDOT in my estimation, and county level entities aren't any better. The entire state has only a handful of metal truss bridges still in service, and they seem intent to blow every one of them away, one by one. I live near Milwaukee, and the closest one that I can think of is 3 counties away. It's a crying shame to say the least!

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted August 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They have actually rehabbed quite a few Matt, just not all of the remaining ones like I think they should!

Definitely still several steps above PennDOT.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 31, 2019, by Matt Lohry

They must be trying to take cues from PennDOT’s “Save None Trash All” program, Tony!

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 31, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, part of INDOT's "Save One-Trash One" program I believe! They just restored the one in Evansville so...

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 31, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

So Tony. I gather you're hearing that this bridge is to be replaced?

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 17, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From what I read it's more than repairs, although I would be more than happy if you are right and I am wrong!

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 17, 2019, by Alicia (arsilhavy [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is out for repairs now! IN 39 is closed.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 11, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Harley, I can pretty much assure you that any of these state built spans from the 30's and 40's did indeed replace earlier structures! Most state highways were important early roads that were taken over by the state starting in the 1920's, and many of those had bridges that were quickly deemed inadequate for heavier traffic.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted July 11, 2017, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Our county board soon recognized the necessity of better crossings over the streams of the county. At the June session of 1870, seven thousand dollars was appropriated to erect a 130-foot iron span bridge on stone work near Thorntown, over Sugar Creek; also five thousand dollars to erect a similar structure over Eagle Creek at Zionsville, and four thousand dollars for one over Sugar Creek at Mechanicsburg. The erection of these three structures were all made out of general county revenue. For ten years our county fathers were content without further bridge accommodations.

If this was built in the 1940's, there must have been one previous.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted February 12, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My thanks to the webmaster on the posting of my bridge pics.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted February 7, 2010, by Steve (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was wondering why the pics I took of this bridge hasn't been made permanent. I've seen where the admins will add the bridges to the detail section, and the credit of the photographer duly noted.

Sugar Creek IN 39 Bridge
Posted September 2, 2009, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Shame there isn't a photo for this bridge. Can anyone go out and take photos then upload them? Because this bridge is truly a beautiful bridge and should have photos.