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Rangeline Road Bridge


1980 photo showing bridge getting a new wooden deck.

Jim Cooper photo


BH Photo #462746


Pan American fabricated a unique 7-slope Parker/Camelback hybrid truss that featured the 3 center panels being parallel to the lower chord.

Contract price was $6,774.00. The bridge originally featured a concrete deck that had been replaced with a wooden one in 1980. Just 5 years later it would collapse after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle.

Information and photo courtesy of Jim Cooper.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Sand Creek on County Road 500 West.
Decatur County, Indiana
Destroyed by collision
Built in 1906-07 by the Pan American Bridge Company of New Castle; Collapsed after being struck by a vehicle in August 1985.
- Burk Construction Co. of New Castle, Indiana
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana
9-panel, pinned Parker/Camelback hybrid
Length of largest span: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.8 ft.
Also called
Sand Creek-CR 500W Bridge
Old County Bridge #157
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.13361, -85.57410   (decimal degrees)
39°08'01" N, 85°34'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/623241/4332571 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87532 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • December 18, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 18, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Sand Creek-CR 500W Bridge
Posted December 19, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tom, you're quite welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying our finds. Tony and I are having a lot of fun finding them !

Sand Creek-CR 500W Bridge
Posted December 19, 2019, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Melissa, you keep finding articles and info on bridges in areas where I've found UCEBs or nothing, and I can't help but wonder what the previous bridge was. I never saw any info on this bridge in Cooper's metal bridge book. Also I've asked around what was there before. Some said it was a metal bridge that was either struck by a vehicle, or destroyed by an overweight truck. But, I didn't know there was that bad an accident there. Four vehicles, and eleven people injured, what a mess! Lucky no one was killed. Now I'd like to learn more details of this bridge sometime, like year built, length, and design. Looks like it may have been a Camelback or Parker. As always, Thanks Melissa.