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West Fork White River Bridge

Photos 

Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost three-span through truss bridge over White River on Old US 50
Location
Daviess County, Indiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built ca. 1930; rehabilitated 1987; removed 1990
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 198.2 ft.
Total length: 598.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Also called
Indiana State Highway Bridge #50-14-687D
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.64667, -87.23833   (decimal degrees)
38°38'48" N, 87°14'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/479260/4277594 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington
Inventory numbers
INNBI 018310 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38923 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1990)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Not deficient
Sufficiency rating: 49.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
7,300

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge number
  • September 12, 2010: New photos from Jim Grey
  • June 6, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • May 17, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Overview and Status
  • January 31, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

White River Bridge
Posted November 23, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I added it here. Information will start to accumulate as people find it.

http://bridgehunter.com/in/pike/bh70117/

White River Bridge
Posted November 22, 2015, by Linda Daffron (ldaffron [at] att [dot] net)

I can't seem to find any information on the iron bridge that used to cross White River on Hwy 57, between Washington and Petersburg. It isn't listed in Pike county either. The county line is there at the river.

White River Bridge
Posted May 7, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge had to been removed when the new US 50/150 bypass was completed. The bypass began just to the west of this bridge and curved just to the south where a set of twin bridges were built taking US 50 south of Washington instead of through town. Also I may have seen something in Jim Cooper's metal bridge book that there was a similar through truss bridge just to the west of this one across the overflow.

White River Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not familiar with that bridge. If any pictures of it exist, they are probably in the county museum or a private collection.

White River Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by James Simmons

My dad tells stories of the old one lane bridge on US 50. Im just a bit too young to remember it.

White River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Got them posted for you James.....they were on the SHAARD site

White River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Someone probably does have photos. It might be the DOT, the county, the original contractor, the company that tore the bridge down, the scrapper, a local newspaper, perhaps even a local library or a local historian...someone most certainly has photos of the bridge.

It takes a volunteer with time and inclination to go hunting for such photos, then secure the correct permissions to post them here.

A friend of mine, rather serendipitously, recently unearthed a treasure trove of historical photographs and negatives from a photographer's studio in a large midwestern city. (I'm not telling you where, in order to protect his time and the collection, which he is still sorting.)

The photo collection is of buildings, automobiles, local celebrities, news events, grand openings, all of that sort of thing. (He hasn't found any bridges yet.)

So yes, there are most certainly photos of this bridge.

Someone just needs to go find them.

White River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2010, by James Simmons

I wish someone still had a picture of this bridge...