Rating:
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High Banks Bridge

Photos 

View from a distance

Photo taken by Joshua Collins

BH Photo #102761

Map 

Street View 

Video 

High Banks Bridge

Mike Daffron

Play video on YouTube

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over White River on CR 300S
Location
Delaware County, Indiana
Status
Restored and reopened to traffic with a 13 Ton limit.
History
Built 1902 by the Indiana Bridge Co.
Builder
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Design
Pin-connected, 11-panel Camelback through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 202.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
CR 300 S Bridge
Bridge #130
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.14916, -85.55294   (decimal degrees)
40°08'57" N, 85°33'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/623253/4445315 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gilman
Inventory numbers
INNBI 1800110 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16080 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
238

Update Log 

  • October 18, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 11, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 10, 2016: New photos from John Key
  • March 22, 2011: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • May 21, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • January 14, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 17, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Reopened to traffic
  • June 21, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • May 30, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • May 13, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • May 2, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • January 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • January 2, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • December 21, 2008: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • December 10, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status
  • July 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • August 18, 2006: Posted photos from Joshua Collins

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Key
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

High Banks Bridge
Posted June 22, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hats off to the Hoosiers for a great preservation job. Looks like I need to put the entire state of Indiana on "my list" instead of just driving through it on the Interstate System every couple years.

High Banks Bridge
Posted June 21, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

New wooden deck is over half finished.

High Banks Bridge
Posted June 5, 2009, by Todd D Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Way to go Indiana! Preserving historic bridges is the right way. I been watching the updates and the excellent pics. I hope more bridges like this one get made over. Would have been cool to see the Mt Carmel "twelve span" made over for westbound traffic and the new UCEB going up next to it for eastbound traffic. Well, minds have been made up and that historic bridge is bound for the scrapheap.

High Banks Bridge
Posted June 5, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The High Banks Bridge once again spans the White River. Crews this week lifted it back into place, and are now working on the floor system and roadway in preparation of opening it to traffic.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 30, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited High Banks Bridge today. Paint job is now completed, and bracing is now being installed to support the lifting of the span. The bridge will be placed back on it's original cut stone abutments over the White River. Road is being upgraded and bridge will be reopened to traffic.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 25, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Wow it's coming along nicely. Yeah the green is nice but I agree with you Tony it blends in too much. I kinda like the ways it looks in the white primer coat. I have seen a couple of Columbia Bridge Works bridges restored and painted white and thought they looked nice.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 24, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited High Banks yesterday and found a half-and-half bridge. Bridge was painted with a white intermediate coat, and was starting to receive it's green finish coat. Although green wouldn't be my first choice because it blends with the foliage, it's a far cry better than the rusty color that this span donned for so many years. I wouldn't be surprised to see the bridge back over the river in the next few weeks.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 13, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I am impressed when people have hearts to restore an old bridge. Too many UCEB's spoil the heartland and seeing work like this being done makes me smile. Cannot wait to see this bridge all finished.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 8, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW!

I was amazed when I visited the bridge this evening. I arrived to find the trusses completely assembled. The crew erecting it has really been busy this past week. It shouldn't be too long before it is lifted back over the river. That is unless they decide to paint it while it is on dry land.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow, the reassembly is moving along! It would be neat to see some of the work in process. This is going to look like a brand new bridge once complete. I can't wait to see. This is quite an effort to restore a historic bridge. More truss bridges should have been saved either this way(disassemble, clean, reconstruct) or reconstruction on the spot.

High Banks Bridge
Posted May 2, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update. Bridge is about 30% reassembled, with the West portal completed.

High Banks Bridge
Posted April 27, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited the bridge today. Happy to report that the reassembly has started. I watched for a while as they drove a pin into the connection between the upper chord and a vertical. The photos show that 2 panels have been put together.

High Banks Bridge
Posted April 18, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Still waiting on the return of the bridge.

High Bank Bridge
Posted January 2, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

YES! Very good news indeed. Thanks for the update Anthony. The rest of the country would do well to follow Indiana's example for historic bridge preservation.

High Bank Bridge
Posted January 2, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

GOOD NEWS.........

This bridge is being disassembled-not for storage or relocation, but it is to be restored and reassembled in place.

Ohio has been doing that with some of their spans, but this might just be a first in Indiana (for a steel truss bridge).

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

White River CR 300S Bridge
Posted November 13, 2008, by Leah (leahbeatty [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is being torn down. What a shame, truly.

I often drive through the countryside to visit this bridge with my friends and we have loved it for years. I've seen the seasons change from this bridge. I've seen the first sign of spring and the first leaf of the season change color from this bridge. It is a symbol of friendship and youth ... Old Monroe, as we came to call it, will be sadly and deeply missed.

Rest in peace dearest friend.

White River CR 300S Bridge
Posted March 29, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is actually a twin to the Preist Ford Bridge. Although it was built 5 years later, Indiana Bridge used the same drawings for both bridges.