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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
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940; rehabilitated 1989
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 May 2016)
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: 44.8 (out of 100)
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Boone County, Indiana (68)
Built during 1940s (3,801)
Have street view (24,709)
IN 39 (11)
Indiana (4,551)
Open (38,017)
Owned by state (14,672)
Parker through truss (1,206)
Parker truss (1,568)
Span length 125-175 feet (3,943)
Through truss (13,724)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,558)
Truss (30,721)

Update Log 

  • 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 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.