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Eel River IN 46 Bridge

Photos 

South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in September 2008

Enlarge

BH Photo #125465

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Eel River, Indiana SR 46

Mike Daffron

Play video on YouTube

Facts 

Overview
Two-span through truss bridge over Eel River on IN 46
Location
Clay County, Indiana
Status
Bridge has been reopened to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2016-2017
History
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1977
Design
Two riveted, 11-panel Parker through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 197.8 ft.
Total length: 401.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bowling Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.38389, -87.02056   (decimal degrees)
39°23'02" N, 87°01'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/498229/4359378 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Center Point
Inventory numbers
INNBI 017050 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 00000211 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
INDOT 046-11-01316A (Indiana Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 15918 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 12.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
2,390

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 29, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • December 3, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is open
  • December 28, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is now open again.
  • November 1, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status
  • August 13, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • July 19, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • October 19, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • March 24, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson
  • October 5, 2008: New photos from Robert Stephenson

Sources 

Comments 

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 27, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Oops! The move to Brown County is off, denied ok to relocate. What do you suppose will happen next? Clay county folks not wanting it are crapping right now, I assume.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 26, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge ping-pong :^)

Unfortunately, the article is behind a pay wall.

What's the gist of the article?

Regards,

Art S.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 26, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Your turn now, Art.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 26, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Guess what? Brown County will NOT got the bridge now.

Bloomington sez: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/local/historic-bridge-...

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted December 8, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted October 6, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted October 3, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The battle continues:

http://www.mywabashvalley.com/story/d/story/residents-still-...

Note the the builder is listed in the article.

Regards,

Art S.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 30, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Update:

http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/2161452.html

March 30, 2015 deadline for a private individual or group to assume responsibility for the bridge.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted January 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Website geared towards the bridge's preservation:

http://www.saveourbowlinggreenbridge.com/

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted July 31, 2012, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

INDOT closed this bridge again today over "structural safety concerns" due to "more corrosion in the structural steel than was previously documented."

http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDe...

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted December 28, 2011, by Anonymous

This one is open again. Crossed over it in the afternoon of 12/28/11.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted December 13, 2011, by Parker Dean (pdme11 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Checked on this one at dusk 12/13/11 from the Bowling Green side and found a backhoe and compressor parked about the middle of the bridge with no one in sight. Presumably the backhoe has a jackhammer attachment, which is why the compressor. No visible workings.

An Indiana Economic Digest article from Nov 21 states that it is hoped the bridge can be opened in early January 2012. Also states that contractors will not be required to stop for the holidays, and that no extensions will be granted for holiday work suspensions.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted November 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A crack was found in one of the gusset plates. Hopefully no other problems will be found and this can be quickly repaired.

This comes less than 3 weeks after the IN42 Eel River Bridge was closed after being struck by a garbage truck. I found nothing to suggest that it is still closed.

Both of these State Highway Department Parker trusses are listed as SELECT in the recent Indiana Historic Bridge Inventory. Also both are listed on the National Register, which seems unusual for state owned bridges. Apparently there is some local interest in these spans.

Eel River IN 46 Bridge
Posted November 1, 2011, by Nathan Holth

This bridge is closed to traffic following identification of a crack during inspection.