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Posted January 19, 2018, by Charles Shultz (truckin1203 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Jan. 2018 the sway on the west end of the bridge does not appear to have increased over the 2006 photo above. Do not know if it naturally stabilized or had work done to it.

Charles

Posted January 18, 2018, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

This bridge has now undergone some major improvements, along with some road realignment. The Knox county side roadway has been cut down considerably and that dirt moved to the Daviess county side and the road alignment there completely changed to address traffic better. The bridge has been raised almost 3 feet on the Knox county side to allow traffic to cross without impacting the end of the bridge so hard. The entire bridge has been painted a two tone gray and is really a beautiful bridge again.

Posted January 11, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Another idiot destroying a bridge.Unfortunately there was a casualty.

Posted January 11, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Destroyed by a recycling truck- driver killed.

http://m.wave3.com/wave/db_338316/contentdetail.htm?contentg...

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Posted January 9, 2018, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

These are the origional twin Bridges at Danville

Posted January 4, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This appeared in the Bloomington Herald-Times:

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - The Herald-Times

Covered Bridge construction to begin in spring

by Ernest Rollins (erollins@heraldt.com)

A wooden covered bridge from the 1880's is set to be reconstructed this year in northern Monroe County. It will become the only covered bridge in the country, which once had as many as 14 but has been without for four decades.

The bridge will span Beanblossom Creek and connect North Maple Grove and Old Maple Grove roads.

The Cedar Ford Bridge project is one of the top projects for 2018, said county public works director Lisa Ridge.

"It has been on the books since 2001'" Ridges said, although she is unclear why the project was delayed for so long.

The project is slated to go up very close to the location of what was Monroe County's last remaining covered bridge, known in its later years as the Williams Bridge. It was destroyed in a 1976 fire that likely was arson.

The Cedar Ford Bridge was originally built in 1885 by the Kennedy Brothers in Shelby County. It was dismantled in 1975 and acquired by Monroe County. Ridge said the project will use some parts from that bridge, which were stored in an indoor facility.

"The siding and the roof have been lost due to poor storage procedures when originally dismantled in the 1970's," Ridge said. "It will require replacement of these and of some other timbers. However, the historic integrity of the structure will remain the same throughout the design of the project."

The Bloomington office of VS Engineering Inc. designed the project and construction is expected to cost an estimated $1.58 million. County officials are using an award from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program received in 2008 to help pay for the project.

Posted January 3, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

In December 2017 I crossed this bridge. The water was clear and low. Near the middle I saw what appeared to be a number of cut stone blocks on the river bed. Might these have been from original pieces of Aqueduct? I'll try and find out more.

Posted December 31, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Between that scowl on her face and the "Battle wounds"(Cast), I wouldn't mess with her!!!

Posted December 30, 2017, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As far as my daughter is concerned, no "headache bar" is needed. She will freely supply the "headache" to you if you supply the over weight truck!

Posted December 29, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

And to put a cap on it all: Drunkard's Pike dead ends on Lingle about 2 miles south.

Posted December 28, 2017, by Don Morrison

Aged 72 years! I'll drink to that.

Posted December 28, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Oh boy!Now I heard it all!

Posted December 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridgehunting can be whisky business!

Posted December 28, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Now you're just being silly!

Posted December 28, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I always thought it was just a myth! A jim beam.

Posted December 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

X-ray shows that it is an extremely rare Jim Beam.

Posted December 28, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Careful, you can get kicked doing it that way....

Posted December 28, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Works every time,huh Tony?

Posted December 28, 2017, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

Repaired bridge will be dedicated and reopened January 3rd, 2018:

http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2017/12/historic-paoli-bri...

Posted December 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...I use a Stethoscope and Rubber Mallet.

Posted December 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can I borrow your X-ray equipment? I can't seem to find mine in all the holiday clutter....

Posted December 27, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Get right on it!

Posted December 27, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good find!!!

Posted December 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Probably not a T beam. This could be concrete encased steel stringers or a concrete pony girder.

Is it asking too much for people to get X-rays of important structural elements when they go to take photos??

Posted December 25, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think this bridge has been replaced

Posted December 22, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Glad to hear it will have a functional yet also thoughtful design of headache bar. Its important. One of the first "saves" I was involved with was the Balls Bridge in Canada, and it has one of the nicest headache bars I've ever seen, and it also mimics details on the bridge too. Due to the design of the road, one of the bars is at the top of the hill so its not anywhere near the bridge at all, its near an intersection with a busier road, and they also put the interpretive signs for the bridge there. In this way, the headache bar is actually also an advertisement for the bridge, catching people's eye and encouraging them to come visit the bridge. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=on...

Posted December 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge will feature off-structure height limit bars that mimic the sway bracing of the bridge! I have long lamented the importance of using these (at a distance not to distract from the photogenic element), but this is taking it to the next step in putting up more than just I-beam Headache bars! Fantastic!!

Posted December 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Much better story than the first one I read that didn't even acknowledge it as an Historic Bridge! Boone County is to be highly commended for not only rehabilitating this and the Creek Road Bridge initially... but showing the resolve to do it again!

Posted December 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted December 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted December 17, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have an update on the status of this bridge? Would be great to see it again!

Posted December 5, 2017, by J.M. Armstrong (jmarmstr [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am pretty sure you have the wrong geolocation on your map. This bridge was actually farther north on Willow Road on part of a now vacated section of the road east of US 421. Willow Road used to connect to Little Eagle Creek avenue, and the bridge collapsed over Little Eagle Creek. When the bridge collapsed, the road was closed and converted into private driveways on each side of Little Eagle Creek.

Posted December 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

C'mon Bartholomew County! Hope it gets repaired!!

Posted December 4, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wonder....could it be the same clown that trashed Creek Bridge?? Probably not, but food for thought. Looks a lot worse than Gospel Street Bridge in Paoli.

Posted December 4, 2017, by Jonathan (jfinerfrock [at] yahoo [dot] com)

heard over the weekend that all decking had been removed and thought that this was the beginning of the end. then this morning saw Heavy equipment and a trailer full of heavy I beams. drove by and there were folks getting ready to do work??? saw an article in the republic dated July 2017 that this was on a list of the top 5 bridges to be rehabilitated in the county???

Posted December 4, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That was not a small tractor... it would take an impressive level of stupidity to do this. Ridiculous and completely unacceptable. This person must have the brain of a earthworm.

Posted December 4, 2017, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

The sad carnage. Photos from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Posted December 3, 2017, by P. E. LANE (pelane [at] heaven [dot] org)

There are few things that would concern me more gravely than the fear of this fine website being polluted by the filth of political bickering.

The various factions who contribute to this website would do well to focus their attention on preserving the bridges what stand as reminders of our shared heritage.

There are Democratic voters who love bridges and there are Republican voters who love bridges. If only they could unite behind the common goal of preserving our beautiful structures they would undoubtedly be successful in their joint endeavor. Political strife will be of no benefit to any factions who contribute their knowledge to Bridgehunter.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was nearly a year that the Creek Bridge in Boone County was heavily damaged under similar circumstances. It's still unrepaired.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Anonymous

That would explain who so many people voted for Trump.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that not only are a lot of people idiots, but number one: THEY DON'T CARE!

Posted December 3, 2017, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A very sad day for Bridge Lovers of Indiana. I've been to this bridge. She was a Beautiful Old Lady.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

For whatever it is worth, I actually saw a similar size tractor attempt to cross the Turkey River Bowstring Bridge in Winneshiek County, Iowa several years ago.

I thought for sure I was about to witness a bridge collapse, but that old Bowstring bridge held fast. I figured that I would be the last person to successfully cross the bridge but the tractor made it across as well.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Anonymous

Oh, wait farm tractor...No CDL needed...still something a monkey might pull off...

Posted December 3, 2017, by Anonymous

Do they give CDLs to monkeys now??????

Posted December 3, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Honestly, this is getting pathetic. Do these large vehicle operators know how much their vehicles weigh?

Posted December 3, 2017, by Bruce Bridges (railfan727 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted December 2, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It looks like riveted trusses with welded floor beams and outriggers. Could it be repurposed roof trusses?

Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could the bridge have been moved here? If so, it might actually pre-date 2003. Even if it is modern, it is more interesting than the mass produced MOBs in my opinion.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Luke

It shows up after 2003 aerial imagery.

That being said, it's not ugly like the bulky corten MOBs, so I've got no beef with it being on here.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, at least in Indiana it has a good chance of being restored.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anyone have anything to add to this? I don't know squat about it. There are a couple more smaller ped bridges in this park.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I sure hope that this beautiful structure gets repaired!!

Posted November 29, 2017, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is still closed and unrepaired. Two local residents are offering a $2,500 reward for "for any information leading to the resolution of this case."

See: http://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Police-Historic-Boone-Count...

Posted November 28, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted November 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

To all concerned: I did not change the name of this bridge from Little Shawnee to Foster Road bridge. Just saying.

Posted November 26, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great little bridge, using a natural abutment

Posted November 26, 2017, by tammy crichfield (tgc1967 [at] live [dot] com)

I must agree with you about jerks dumping around abandon bridges. Can signs be posted for no dumping with a large fine imposed. I photograph these old bridges and it would be shameful to have trash in such a lovely place.

Posted November 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge currently closed again for rehab.

Posted November 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know if this bridge was moved here from another location?

Posted November 23, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I hope you don't mind my taking the liberty of adding the lost date.

Posted November 19, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

For less work than it takes to post a comment, you can update the bridge entry to reflect the demolition.

Posted November 19, 2017, by GIRailfan (rgeceo [at] gmail [dot] com )

This bridge has been demolished as of the summer of 2017.

Posted November 13, 2017, by Roy Kreutler (roykreutler14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Eugene Britton the son of J.A. Briton both built this bridge in 1920 which was the last covered bridge built in Parke County.

Posted November 6, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This guy caused an oil spill in the Schuylkill River in Pa.?When did this happen?I live near the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pa.

Posted November 6, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)
Posted November 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is such a great bridge! You can see it for quite a distance.

Posted November 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm happy to see this baby still here! Maybe county has given up on moving.

Posted November 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This has just been reopened after repair (Beulah now closed).

Posted November 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Temporarily closed. Getting a face-lift.

Posted November 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Open again. Has a new deck. I visited the Fountain County bridges yesterday and several have had repairs.

Posted November 1, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

Just to the west of this bridge was a pony truss for two lanes(unlike this bridge) over Lewis Creek. This is right above the mouth of the creek. It was taken down at the same time this bridge was.

Posted November 1, 2017, by Miles Flynn (mrhflynn [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did a newspaper story here several years ago on some of the county's historic bridges, and I was told that this bridge was moved a short distance to this location after previously carrying what's now State Road 37 over the Patoka River. I don't know when this would've been, though. You can still see the abutments of an older bridge alongside the new highway bridge.

Posted November 1, 2017, by Miles Flynn (mrhflynn [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did a newspaper story here several years ago on some of the county's historic bridges, and I was told that this bridge was moved a short distance to this location after previously carrying what's now State Road 37 over the Patoka River. I don't know when this would've been, though. You can still see the abutments of an older bridge alongside the new highway bridge.

Posted October 29, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Jane, Bridge Built in 1941, replaced an 1880's Through Truss bridge.

Posted October 29, 2017, by Jane zebendon (Ljanezeb [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up in Rensselaer and am interest d in the new bridge on Washington Street. Does anyone have current pictures available? When was this new bridge built??.

Posted October 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oh yeah, by the way, this is one of Indiana's treasures. The setting with the railroad track winding with the Patoka River is awesome! It's like transporting back in time.

Posted October 28, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't know what the status of this move is. I hope Pike County gets it together (no sign that this will happen) and keeps the bridge put.

Posted October 25, 2017, by Mitch Barloga (mbarloga [at] nirpc [dot] org)

I am working with neighboring entities to turn this into a bike-ped bridge, linking a regional trail across the river.

That said do you have any idea how long this is? Thanks...and fantastic site!

Mitch

Posted October 24, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Boo Indiana.

Posted October 24, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

J.P. Indiana has a lot of great preservation outcomes with local/county owned bridges, but INDOT owned bridges are almost never preserved, as near as I can tell. Its really weird.

Here, this is really incredibly stupid. The historic bridge was in perfect alignment with the straight highway. Yet the new bridge appears to be realigned next to the historic bridge with a curve. If they went through the trouble to curve the road around the old alignment they really should leave the historic bridge standing.

Posted October 24, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Road leading up to bridge removed. I wish they would just add parking lot and let the bridge stand.

Posted October 13, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It sure as hell does work!! The power line above sizzles and the hairs on your arm will stand on end after a few minutes. It is Twilight-Zone-Worthy!!

Posted October 12, 2017, by just saying

.............did it work?..........

Posted October 12, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited bridge with my a couple of my kids. My 21 year old son, who is not exactly enamored with bridges, declared: Best Bridge Ever! Very neat, not the best, of course. Well worth a visit with the fam! Will post a video ASAP.

Posted October 12, 2017, by JP (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Road shut down for the next 2 weeks while the truss is removed and the new bridge prepared.

Posted October 2, 2017, by Dennis DeBruler (bruler [at] xnet [dot] com)

An article about some history of the bridge: http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-oldest-iron-...

Posted September 29, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Still not open but it looks ready. Damn fine job too!

Posted September 29, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yeah,Dave.He'd be a great guinea pig for that.

Posted September 28, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Calling Uncle Fester !

Posted September 28, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yeah.I think we'd all like to see that!

Posted September 28, 2017, by benthrdonetht

Bulb in teeth fluorescent tube in each hand, touch railing with tube. Works! Take friend to take picture..........

Posted September 26, 2017, by Gene K Alber (papagene1944 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lived right next to it - 1535 Michigan Ave (In25) while growing up 1944-62; Learned to swim, ice skate, fish, trap right there.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Matt Lohry

This phenomenon is not as unique as one would think...the effect on the rail is due to electrical induction, which is a result of the bridge rails being in close proximity to high-voltage transmission lines with the rails not having proper grounding. This same phenomenon was occurring on a new pedestrian bridge the MN Twin Cities area that was built about a decade ago now, where the bridge passed underneath a double-circuit 345kV line--people were actually getting significant electric shocks when they passed over the bridge, due to the railings not being grounded as well as the height of the steel fence railings on either side. The builders of the bridge were forced to add grounding to the railings, which has fixed the problem.

Posted September 25, 2017, by just saying

............wonder if you hold bulb in teeth and touch railing.......

Posted September 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Forgot to mention that I couldn't find this story in the online edition.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Indy Star Metro Sunday section had the story, along with 2 photos of the reporter and others with their light bulbs indeed illuminated.

As far as the notable goes... I would travel to this bridge before I would go out of my way to see a cable-stayed!

Posted September 25, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

How about some photos showing the discussed electrical novelties?

Posted September 25, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Crappy name.

Posted September 24, 2017, by Anonymous

Why not "Underwear Bridge"? Street view shows several skidmarks.