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Smart Ditch CR 600E Bridge


North Entrance

Photo taken by Bob Fish


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Abandoned Bridges of Indiana # 4

Mike Daffron

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Pratt through truss bridge over Smart Ditch on County Road 600 East
Jackson County, Indiana
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #158
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.76806, -85.92361   (decimal degrees)
38°46'05" N, 85°55'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/593511/4291588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3600103 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16353 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 14, 2019: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 18, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • May 26, 2015: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 20, 2014: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 12, 2008: New photos from James McCray


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  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


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

The wife and I walked quite a while to get to this one. Was fun. Secluded is a good word for it. We visited in May, so veg wasn't too terrible. Expected to see a Jackson County Big Foot. (disappointed)

Smart Ditch Bridge
Posted September 15, 2013, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge had no access from the south approach a few weeks ago. Did not try the north approach. Not a good place to have a vehicular breakdown-no civilization around anywhere and in the Springtime a great place to get stuck with no where to turnaround. Water and large ruts usually stands in the road even in the dryer months. This area is about as close to Louisiana as Indiana can get.

Smart Ditch Bridge
Posted April 2, 2011, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Driving to and from this bridge made me think I was back in the swamplands. Both sides of the gravel road had standing water, and there was a spot where the road was practically washed out. My car needs a good washing. But all in all, this is a nice little bridge.