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Laughery Creek IN 46 Bridge


Photo taken by Janis Ford in September 2015


BH Photo #338641



Concrete deck girder bridge over Laughery Creek on IN 46
Batesville, Franklin County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1979
Reinforced concrete girder
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 47.9 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.30850, -85.23929   (decimal degrees)
39°18'31" N, 85°14'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/651803/4352489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 017430 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
INDOT 046-24-03124A (Indiana Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 46874 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 3, 2015: Updated by Janis Ford: Located bridge on map
  • November 9, 2010: Added by James Baughn


  • Janis Ford


Laughery Creek IN 46 Bridge
Posted June 5, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Work has started to replace this bridge.

Laughery Creek IN 46 Bridge
Posted July 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I'm finding out that it's anything but Bullet-proof Nathan! And I had inquired about punishment after Lawrence County demolished 2 Select spans "In-house", for which I never did get a straight answer! The process was good of intention, but even from the beginning nowhere near perfect. I was disappointed with quite a few wrong determinations that the overpaid Minnesota consulting firm made. While we were able to get some of the decisions reversed, others remained the same. I had even mentioned at the time about the ability to add another structure to the "Select" list anytime that one is lost, but nothing came of that. I do think that overall it has still mostly been a success, but wish it were even more than that! And yes, little plain slabs like this one are harder to make a case for when compared to a truss bridge or a graceful set of arches.

Laughery Creek IN 46 Bridge
Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth

While this bridge is (in my opinion) not the most beautiful or significant historic bridge, I was deeply disturbed to read that the bridge is to be demolished and replaced, even though it is a Select Bridge under the Indiana Historic Bridge Management Plan. This will be the second bridge in Indiana that I know of which has found a way to ignore the Select listing which was supposed to guarantee preservation of the bridge. The first one was an exceedingly rare Melan arch in Indianapolis. Therefore, having seen this happen not once but twice now, it is clear that the concept of Indiana's Historic Bridge Management plan has a loophole that no doubt will be increasingly exploited by owners and consulting engineers. http://www.batesvilleheraldtribune.com/news/local_news/exper...