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Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Middle Fork Salt Creek on Maumee Road at 895S-250W
Location
Brown County, Indiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1915
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 86.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06822, -86.30065   (decimal degrees)
39°04'06" N, 86°18'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/560500/4324579 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0700095 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/1994)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)

Categories 

Brown County, Indiana (28)
Built 1915 (1,130)
Built during 1910s (8,758)
Indiana (4,198)
Lost (18,683)
Owned by county (18,854)
Pony truss (15,049)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,804)
Structurally deficient (18,439)
Total length 75-100 feet (5,941)
Truss (29,442)

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2017: Updated by Don Morrison: Moved coordinates to where former Maumee road crossed Salt Creek
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Don Morrison

Comments 

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted April 3, 2017, by Don Morrison

Thanks Tony;

I set the coordinates to the location where I believe the bridge crossed Salt Creek.

Bing shows the road coming from the Maumee area up almost to this crossing. it would have intersected Blue Creek Road a bit north of this crossing. I will also add the Maumee Road over Sycamore Branch 1935 bridge.

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds plausible to me Don... Thanks for the great detective work!

And yes, I agree that an edit post feature would be nice if possible. Many times I have written a long-winded comment and posted it... Only to find that I made a typo or other gaffe of some kind!

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by Don Morrison

There was a bridge at 39.068438, -86.300785. It was gone before 1998 Google Earth imagery, so it may have been in place for 1992 and 1996 NBI.

The bridge doesn't exactly cross Middle Fork, but it's road begins near Maumee Rd, and may have been an extension of Maumee rd. at one time. Bing calls it N. county road 1300W.

In fact, a bridge in Jackson County on the same road has been listed as a Maumee rd bridge, over Combs creek.

So, maybe we can assume that the Maumee Rd. over Sycamore concrete bridge (1935) (NBI) (at 39.049813, -86.288802) is also along this road between the geo coordinates I gave for the lost bridge area and the Combs creek bridge, and get a 2 for 1 bridge locations.

Anyone agree?

The Sycamore bridge can be seen in Bing and both Sycamore and the lost bridge area can be seen in Google Earth 3/30/2005 imagery.

Note to James: Is it possible to add an edit post option to the forum?

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure if the coordinates are correct though, from my knowledge of the area Maumee Road is farther to the South.

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great! I will track down the photo I have of Maumee Road bridge!

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I tracked down the coordinates for this bridge from the 1996 NBI, and it appears that this is the same bridge as this:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/brown/elkinsville-youno/

Middle Fork Salt Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have searched everywhere in this area for this and Maumee Road bridge in Jackson County. The park rangers that I have talked to don't know anything about truss bridges in the park. I believe that, since the county line is very much the center of both, the two bridges may be the same one (???) I'll keep digging.