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Rangeline Road Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008


BH Photo #120089



Two-span Camelback through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 475 West
Huntington County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1913 by the Lafayette Engineering Co.; rehabilitated 1987
- Lafayette Engineering Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 127.9 ft.
Total length: 259.8 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1998
Also called
County Bridge #123
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87944, -85.54278   (decimal degrees)
40°52'46" N, 85°32'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/622779/4526396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3500083 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 98000306 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16330 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 25, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • August 29, 2010: New Street View added by Matthew Lohry
  • February 6, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon



Rangeline Road Bridge
Posted March 27, 2015, by James Norwood

Had quite the surprise today while on the way to Auburn when I passed this bridge both sections were removed and sitting in different areas along US 24 intact. I didn't have time to get a picture due to caravanning with another vehicle but did take the time to look this up when I got home this evening. Apparently it is to be rehabilitated to increase it's capacity from 3 tons to 15 tons and then reassembled and put back into place this summer. Read here for more


For future reference in case paper takes story down here it is.....

Dismantling of Rangeline Road bridge starting soon

Monday, March 9, 2015 8:15 AM

Twenty years of trying to decide what to do with the Rangeline Road bridge came to an end on Monday, March 2, with preparations to dismantle the structure.

The bridge, which carries Rangeline Road over the Wabash River at U.S.-24, was closed last Monday and is expected to re-open to traffic by the end of October, says Troy Hostetler, superintendent of the Huntington County Highway Department. However, contractors have until the end of December to finish their work.

The two-span camelback bridge was built in 1913 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. For two decades, Huntington County officials have been trying to decide what to do with the deteriorating structure, finally deciding on rehabilitation.

Hostetler says the bridge’s steel trusses will be dismantled, with each piece of steel numbered and taken to Warsaw for repairs as needed. A new deck will be built for the bridge, increasing the weight limit from three tons to 15 tons. Once repairs to the steel pieces are completed, they will be returned — probably in August — and reassembled. The trusses are integral to the structure of the bridge, Hostetler says.

Construction costs are expected to total about $2 million, added to between $300,000 and $500,000 in engineering costs. Federal funds will cover about 80 percent of the costs, Hostetler says.

River Road will remain open throughout the construction. The official detour is on CR 200N.

Rangeline Road Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fortunately, when the county considered replacing it several years ago, there were more people who wanted it saved than those who don't understand it's historical value.

Rangeline Road Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My map shows an unrestricted crossing of this river one mile to the east. Presuming fire trucks come from Huntington, I don't expect using this bridge would increase response times significantly. In addition, bridges like the Rangeline Road Bridge can be often be rehabilitated for less than the cost of replacement to support in the neighborhood of 15-20 ton. This is sufficient for small fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. Rehabilitation of this bridge, not replacement, appears to be an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars that also would preserve an important historic bridge.

Rangeline Road Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Robert McNally (robert [dot] mcnally21 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge cannot withstand emergency vehicles and school buses. This makes emergency vehicles and buses to take different routes to service the Yakes sub-division. This cuts down valuable time for emergency vehicles to reach a destination in the Yakes sub-division. This bridge should have been replaced years ago. It is restricted to five tons. I have been on the bridge when there have been four cars behind me on the bridge at the same time.