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Alley Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in November 2008


BH Photo #127154



Pratt through truss bridge over Pipe Creek on Pipe Creek Road
Franklin County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1927; rehabilitated 2010
- Jones & Bunzendahl (Contractors)
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana (Likely fabricators)
Riveted Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Pipe Creek Bridge #48
County Bridge #48
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.40926, -85.11942   (decimal degrees)
39°24'33" N, 85°07'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/661906/4363881 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 2400032 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16161 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status
  • November 20, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Bridge is currently being rehabilitated
  • June 13, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed to historic name of bridge
  • June 5, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • October 19, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: future prospect
  • November 3, 2008: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 2, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth


Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 21, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I like the way they framed the old guardrails with the new tubular ones.......but yes they could have mounted them differently and avoided possible damage to the verticals.

Jim Barker's design is the best I have seen. It ties the guardrails into the floor beams. As the guardrails run off of the bridge they taper out and into the ground to help avoid collision transfer onto the bridge.

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 21, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Also, the most important part of a bridge to paint is the area at and below deck level. Look at any bridge inspection report for a truss bridge being replaced. Always the worst section loss is on the bottom chord, where moisture gets on the bridge most easily. If they didn't paint the flooring system as Tony says, that is a serious problem.

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 21, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Why does this newly rehabbed bridge have "Smash-And-Crash" guardrails on it? Smash and crash means that if a car hits the guardrail the bridge goes crash.

Is it really that hard to mount guardrails into the deck so as to protect the fracture critical truss members and ensure the historic bridge is safe from the drunk drivers. Even low ADT and low speed roads are at risk for collision from idiots:


I know I am "not an engineer" but I thought by the end of 2010 we had learned that attaching guardrails directly to truss members is a bad thing.

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 21, 2010, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The color is great, but it looks like the jet plane models I brush painted when I was seven, all slopped on with multiple runs and drips. I was surprised to say the least.

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 20, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You are right Bill, the paint job is not the best....although I have seen worse! I will be calling the highway dept. to inquire why nothing below the deck was painted, if they want it to last for awhile they need to correct this! Also it would be neat to see them paint the plaques a different color with the lettering highlighted.

I do like the color of the bridge however!

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 20, 2010, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Also, it's a beautiful restoration marred by a really crappy paint job. One of two or three I encountered on the day.

Alley Ford Bridge
Posted November 20, 2010, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today, and from the looks of it, not only is work completed, it also appears that some are driving around the barricades and using the bridge already. (That's how I got the pictures. I hesitated, but just long enough to convince myself that I could squeeze my car through without damage.)

Pipe Creek Road Bridge
Posted December 24, 2006, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

As of December 23, 2007, this bridge has been closed to traffic with guard rails and sand barriers. I will call Franklin County Highway Department this week for more information.