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IHRC - Big Bayou Bridge

Photos 

Bridge

taken from I-64. Jersey Barrier blocked a really good view.

Photo taken by Kim Harvey

BH Photo #144039

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Pratt through truss was moved to the present site when the girders were installed in 1972. Bridge is inaccessable on Private Property Bridge is visible from I-64.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Bayou River on dirt road, former Illinois Central Railroad
Location
Gibson County, Indiana, and Posey County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1915, rehabilitated in 1972
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation (IHRC)
Design
Main span: Riveted, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Approaches: Steel stringer
Also called
IC - Big Bayou Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.20989, -87.94837   (decimal degrees)
38°12'36" N, 87°56'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/416972/4229527 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Harmony
Inventory number
BH 43094 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2015: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 7, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name, Builder, History and Design
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: gps
  • August 1, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

Comments 

Big Bayou Railroad Bridge
Posted February 9, 2012, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

From my understanding, the old bridge was moved to it's present local but the supports were used as scaffolding for the new road bridge, technically you can not drive on the older bridge but the route is still the old R&R route.

Big Bayou Railroad Bridge
Posted November 10, 2010, by James Simmons

Is this bridge really open to drive on? If anyone can tell me what road to use to get on it, e-mail me at james@simmons.net

Big Bayou Railroad Bridge
Posted June 3, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] com)

The Jersey Barrier I don't get. It is a fascinating bridge.