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Death Hill Bridge

Photos 

West/South side

Located East of Logansport, near Lewisburg. As viewed from Eastbound Logansport Road/Old US 24

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #136366

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on Logansport Road/Old US 24
Location
Cass County, Indiana
Status
Replaced with new alignment and bridge. Open to traffic
History
Built 1972; rehabilitated 1996
Builder
- State of Indiana
Design
This bridge is actually on a new alignment of the former US 24 highway. Old Bridge was on East side of current structure and was a concrete type that elevated as you travelled South across it. Many horrible car wrecks gave it several nicknames such as listed below in the "also called" area, leading to the new alignment and current bridge over the former Wabash Railroad, now NS.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 91.5 ft.
Total length: 242.8 ft.
Deck width: 44.0 ft.
Also called
Death Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.78306, -86.23778   (decimal degrees)
40°46'59" N, 86°14'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/564314/4514954 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Twelve Mile
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
2,250
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0900143 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42184 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

Beam (13,339)
Cass County, Indiana (84)
Continuous (2,143)
Indiana (4,294)
Lost (20,114)
Lost 1972 (42)
Lost during 1970s (438)
Owned by county (19,149)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,015)
State of Indiana (1)
Steel stringer (5,235)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,930)
US 24 (47)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 4, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 1, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood

Comments 

Wabash/NS overpass East of Cass Station Old 24
Posted April 5, 2009, by James Norwood

The original bridge was part of an old alignment that is just East of the current bridge. I don't know when the original was built, nor do I know of any photos, but it was notoriously known for many wrecks that took many lifes during it's existance according to locals familiar with it. Road approaches on either side are still there and are in descent shape despite not seeing regular traffic for decades. Cass County was using North side approach to store extra gravel for road projects for many years, but it has been empty for at least the last 5 years. Standing at that location, you can appreciate how much of an incline, or grade, was involved as an Eastbound traveler would have endured as they traveled past this location causing limited visibility of oncoming cars. My Great-Grandparents used to live on the North side of the old alignment in a house that is long gone. Unfortunately they and my Grandparents are all gone today, and any info they could provide went with them. North side roadway heads North and then West where it make a turn to access the new alignment. Originally it continued on West on again an old alignment through several properties and across a stone culvert(trying to get a decent photo of this still) before veering into the current alignment via a current driveway to a residence. I have been told this was old Indiana highway 21, but only can find evidence of a Indiana highway 7 that may have passed through here pre 1921.

South side approach is very short and includes access to a home before rejoining the current alignment. Jay