1 vote

Robbins Ford Bridge


Looks good here, but......

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008


BH Photo #121815



Robbins Ford Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

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This bridge has been bypassed with a small park area that even has parking spaces for bridge enthusiasts.


Pratt through truss bridge over Sand Creek on CR 500 South.
Decatur County, Indiana
Bypassed and beautifully restored for pedestrian use.
Built 1908; restored 2009
- J.W. Matthews & Co. (Contractors)
Riveted, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 118.1 ft.
Total length: 122.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #115
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26269, -85.54212   (decimal degrees)
39°15'46" N, 85°32'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/625775/4346941 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Forest Hill
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1600093 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16057 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 6, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • October 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name; corrected build date and contractor name
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder. Struts and strut bracing are VBC design.
  • August 2, 2009: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 25, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Restored
  • August 17, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status, and truss type.


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 27, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I like it Wayne......you get an assist on that one!

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 27, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

That's Ugly Pink Dead Horse UPDH.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey......maybe if they would start painting the UCEB's Pink.......hmmmmmmmm

Sorry J.R.....I know I'm beating a dead horse....or is that a dead Pink horse!

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

You've got a point.

You're right - and let me just add a corollary, the more interesting the old span, the greater the yawn factor of the replacement.

Ignoring the pink tint, the Lincoln Highway Bridge in Allen County, Indiana certainly is a qualifier to your contest. This slab replaced an attractive arch.

(Maybe we should start a listing for "Ugliest Replacements" as voted by Bridge Hunters.)

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I maintain that the ugliness of the UCEB is always in proportion to the historical significance of the bridge that it replaced (assuming that the bridge was demolished).

World's Ugliest UCEB contest anyone?

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I like to think of it more as "Unattractive" Concrete Eyesore Bridge.

Of course, some of them really ARE ugly.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

UCEB stands for Ugly Concrete Eyesore Bridge.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2009, by Eric (geyere [at] aol [dot] com)

I was wondering, what is meant by UCEB?

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted March 21, 2009, by anthony dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just hope they have a plan in place to actually tend to the bridge on a regular basis. Keeping the weeds and overgrowth down, and cleaning up trash make a big difference in a bypassed span. Unfortunately, most bridges that are bypassed are eventually forgotten. Prison work crews could easily be used for clean up and general maintenance.

Delaware County's Preist Ford Bridge is an example of a forgotten span. They bypassed it, painted it (although over rust and section loss) and have now forgootten about it. The landowner has taken over and fenced it off so you can't get to it. It even looks like they are attempting to plant trees in front of it to block the view. There are also several large trees that make viewing from the new bridge limited.

It would be nice if the historic preservation office, as part of the agreement in a bypass situation would require a maintained public access for viewing.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted March 21, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I drove by this bridge yesterday 3/20. New bridge looks near completion but it also looks like the through truss is receiving minor restoration. The bent portal crossbrace was replaced as well as a couple of floor beams and all new deck joists are being added as well as concrete being poured on top of the abutments. Don't know if the deck will be wood or concrete. The road was little used and it could have been rehabbed for vehicles. But at least it looks like the bridge is not being abandoned or removed.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted August 9, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to the INDOT Historic Bridge Page this bridge is to be bypassed and remain in place as a pedestrian bridge. They did an excellent job with the restoration of the Boyd bridge (700S-#140) in the Greensburg park. I also hope they will save bridges #18 and #19 over the Flatrock River.

#18 features some nice portal decoration, and #19 is a rare product of the Converse Bridge Co. of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sand Creek Bridge
Posted August 9, 2007, by Anonymous

As of 8/6/07 this bridge has been closed. It has not been in that great of shape for many years. I just hope the county does not tear it down. In my opinion, there is plenty of room on the south side to build a new bridge to preserve this one. This is the only one left south of Greensburg over Sand Creek out of several. The 600S bridge south of this one was destroyed by a truck several years ago, and one on 1000S in a nice setting was oblitered by the county not long ago.