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Rider Ditch CR 300S Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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BH Photo #158732


Rider Ditch CR300S Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Pony truss bridge over Rider Ditch on County Road 300 South
Jackson County, Indiana
Bridge has been repaired but is closed.
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built ca. 1910; rehabilitated 1992
5-panel, Pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #154
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.83731, -85.86613   (decimal degrees)
38°50'14" N, 85°51'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/598409/4299333 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3600099 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16351 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Available for reuse (217)
Built during 1910s (10,025)
Closed (2,762)
Indiana (5,113)
Jackson County, Indiana (83)
NR-eligible (4,115)
Non-Select (300)
One-lane traffic (7,931)
Owned by county (21,659)
Pin-connected (4,908)
Pony truss (17,097)
Pratt pony truss (3,990)
Pratt truss (10,420)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,681)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,867)
Truss (36,061)
Wooden deck (6,178)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2021: New photo from Jenise Stewart
  • July 21, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 13, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 8, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 6, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 20, 2015: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge Has Been Repaired
  • April 19, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is currently closed after damage.
  • April 9, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added truss type and coordinates


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Rider Ditch Bridge
Posted May 26, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good news. Bridge rehabbed. Pix are from May 24, 2015

Rider Ditch Bridge
Posted April 19, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Epic Fail. Whoever did this is a Grade A Moron.

Rider Ditch Bridge
Posted April 19, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is the link to a news story for those of you who missed this:


This is about as low as it gets!

Rider Ditch Bridge
Posted April 19, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes...it was indeed this bridge that was vandalized and not the Mchargue Ditch Bridge.

Rider Ditch Bridge
Posted April 19, 2012, by MIKE WOOTEN (mwoot8 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I seen where this bridge is currently closed due to vandals stealing steel from it. Causing it to drop nearly 1 foot. Currently as of 4/19/12 it's future is uknown.