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Mchargue Ditch CR 150S Bridge


Photo taken by J.P.

BH Photo #145882



McHargue Ditch Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Pony truss bridge over Mchargue Ditch on County Road 100 South
Jackson County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1920; rehabilitated 1997
4-panel, bolted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 61.0 ft.
Total length: 64.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #197
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.86201, -86.13133   (decimal degrees)
38°51'43" N, 86°07'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/575365/4301822 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3600132 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16344 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 52.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built during 1920s (9,808)
Functionally obsolete (6,580)
Indiana (4,879)
Jackson County, Indiana (82)
NR-eligible (4,047)
Non-Select (300)
Open (39,652)
Owned by county (20,591)
Pony truss (16,095)
Skewed (4,861)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,980)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,208)
Truss (32,502)
Warren pony truss (3,306)
Warren truss (6,456)
Wooden deck (6,050)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 20, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 27, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 20, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added truss type


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Mchargue Ditch Bridge
Posted April 18, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Other thieves have indeed stolen metal from abandoned bridges in recent years... I can think of two standing abandoned pony truss bridge examples right now. There also was a bowstring in storage that thieves took. They were caught in the act and the weight of the truss on their truck foiled their attempt to flee police.

Not sure I can recall any theft of in-service bridges though.

Obviously only the very dumbest and lowest forms of life on this planet would steal metal from a historic bridge for a few bucks of scrap. However taking metal off of a fracture critical type of bridge is beyond stupid since the bridge could collapse while the thieves are on the bridge attempting to steal the parts. Swift justice. Furthermore, if anyone attempting to use the bridge after the theft is killed by a collapse of the bridge then the thieves would likely face negligent manslaughter or something like that and do some hard prison time.

Mchargue Ditch Bridge
Posted April 18, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

I know the county well, (at least as well as you can get to know a place in a month) but still can't believe anyone would try to scrap an in service bridge.

Have any of you heard of anything of this sort happening to another bridge anywhere else?