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Gartin Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Chris Wanninger in August 2011


BH Photo #211002



Excellent example of a pony plate girder that was restored by the county.


Pony Plate Girder bridge over Clifty Creek on County Road 200 South
Decatur County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1912
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Continuous steel girder-floor beam system
Length of largest span: 72.2 ft.
Total length: 150.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge #131
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.30556, -85.68516   (decimal degrees)
39°18'20" N, 85°41'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/613364/4351509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1600107 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 46540 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 27, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • October 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 9, 2016: New photo from J.P.
  • September 30, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Adj. coordinates
  • August 29, 2011: New photo from Chris Wanninger
  • October 16, 2010: Added by James Baughn


  • Chris Wanninger
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Gartin Ford Bridge
Posted September 4, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No...it was built for road use Chris.

Although plate girders were far less common on roadways than trusses, there are a few sprinkled here and there.

This span was likely built by the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis. Central States built many of these in the first couple of decades of the 20th century, and a nearby plate girder in Shelby County is one of theirs.

I missed this one before when I visited the Galbreath Bridge just across the line in Bartholomew County, so I will have to check it out the next time I get that way.

Gartin Ford Bridge
Posted September 4, 2011, by Chris Wanninger

I thought I had seen this bridge on here before, that's why I didn't take too many pictures. It looks like brand new, and I believe it has new concrete abutments and supports. It looks like an old railroad bridge to me, is that a possibility?

Gartin Ford Bridge
Posted September 3, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Now What in the world! I sure didn't know that the county fixed this bridge up, painted, replaced the deck, and reopened this bridge for traffic until I saw this picture. I thought AECON Engineering wouldn't allow this. The bridge had been closed for at least two years because of either a cracked floor beam or other superstructure problems. The deck was probably concrete over corrogated metal which gets heavy and the metal rusts away. Thought it was going to the dumpster. That makes me wonder why one of the through trusses in the county could not have been restored for what it was built for. Like in the Robbins Ford, the trusses could have been worked on and the deck could have been replaced by steel for the weight of most traffic plus it is on a little used road. Plate girder is better than UCEB. Decatur County has thrown away most of its plate girder bridges, but AECON allowed let them to fix this one. I can give credit for this, but wonder why not one of the through trusses.