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Champ's Ford Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in July 2007

BH Photo #148224

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Four-span stone arch bridge over Clifty Creek on CR 100 South
Location
Decatur County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1890
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 29.5 ft.
Total length: 129.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 2009
Also called
County Bridge #124
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31990, -85.67483   (decimal degrees)
39°19'12" N, 85°40'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/614232/4353114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hartsville
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1600101 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 09001127 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
130

Categories 

19th Century (6,212)
Arch (11,238)
Built during 1890s (2,483)
Decatur County, Indiana (77)
Deck arch (10,477)
Have street view (22,466)
Historic Bridge Weekend 2012 (47)
Indiana (4,199)
NR-listed (2,842)
One-lane traffic (7,429)
Open (36,834)
Owned by county (18,907)
Select (535)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,705)
Stone arch (2,660)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,296)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2016: New photo from J.P.
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • March 20, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 9, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Added to NRHP on 12/22/09 as "Champ's Ford Bridge"
  • October 27, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Champ's Ford Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Decatur County really needs to employ a stonemason as part of the road department! They could work out a deal with the surrounding counties that also have stone arches to pay a portion of his wages!

Champ's Ford Bridge
Posted September 14, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Finally, I took a look at the bridge project yesterday 9-13. Unfortunately, a UCEB deck is being used. As of now there are no culverts under the arches. The arches should just be touched up with mortar and not with culverts. Just don't know what the plans are. Decatur County has a great collection of stone arch bridges. They can be good and strong for a long time and yes get narrow and obsolete. There has to be a better way to retrofit a stone arch bridge if needed, at least with no culverts.

Champ's Ford Bridge
Posted May 8, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just google up Greensburg Daily News Bridge Project. As of today (5-8) the link of the article is still on the very top. It is titled Commissioners Approve Bid Opening For Bridge Project. The actual talk of the bridge is in the middle of the large article.

Champ's Ford Bridge
Posted May 7, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tom,

Can you provide a link to the article? I did a brief Google search and wasn't getting anything.

Champ's Ford Bridge
Posted May 7, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just read an article that sounds like this stone arch bridge is to be widened which means possible modernization. I know there is like no rail which is dangerous. Only I especially hate to see culverts put under the arches which looks so ugly.