Rating:
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Sparks Ferry Bridge

Photos 

Portal

Photo taken by Joshua Collins

BH Photo #102817

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span through truss bridge over East Fork White River on Sparks Ferry Road
Location
Jackson County, Indiana, and Washington County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built ca. 1890; closed to traffic 2006
Builder
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Design
2X10-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
4-panel, pinned Pratt pony
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 175.8 ft.
Total length: 424.7 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 27.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Sparksville Bridge
Former County Bridge #203
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.77761, -86.22728   (decimal degrees)
38°46'39" N, 86°13'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/567120/4292381 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Medora
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3600137 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16354 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2007)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
60

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 2, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • June 30, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 15, 2013: New photo from Tim Wray
  • May 18, 2013: New photos from Tim Wray
  • January 9, 2012: New photo from Nick
  • December 20, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • March 17, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • June 10, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • March 20, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins
  • October 31, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Name
  • June 24, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photos from Joshua Collins

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Tim Wray - tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted May 11, 2013, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

Rode the bikes down with my brothers and took a stroll across this one today...one of my favorites. All the planks are there still, and several more appear to have been replaced since my last visit about a year ago. Someone has tried to drive over the concrete road blocks on the south (Washington Co.) side of the bridge.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to know they replaced the ones that were missing when I was there a couple years ago.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

Took a walk over this bridge a couple of days ago...all the planks are still there presently. A beautiful old bridge.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted January 5, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to hear that the floorboards were repaired. With a new bridge downstream, this span will likely never be reopened for traffic. Hopefully we can get it restored for improved pedestrian use.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted January 5, 2011, by Bill M (ekalise [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am pleased to announce someone has repaired the planks and I walked across today in total safety. The bridge itself is in deteriorating shape however and continues to be closed to vehicles.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted August 13, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately those nice new floor planks seem to have grown legs!......They just keep walking away!

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted August 13, 2009, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today, sadly the deck is coming apart.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

It seems like ages since I last posted about the Sparks Ferry bridge but hopefully it's being maintained & kept on the up & up so that it's safe for pedestrians to walk across or simply to check out.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted November 28, 2006, by greg powell (gpowell07 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I saw this bridge today..11/28/06 it is closed to vehicle traffic but is open to foot traffic.really cool bridge...not many of these left around.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted November 1, 2006, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

Bummer...hopefully it's preserved so people can still check it out. Just wondering if it is or not.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted October 21, 2006, by J Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

The bridge just closed in the last couple of weeks. New bridge is open about 1/4 mile away.

Sparks Ferry Bridge
Posted October 5, 2006, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

Someone finally got a pic of the Sparksville bridge & from what I've seen this is one of the most significant bridges not only in all of Jackson County (besides the Medora covered bridge) but also the whole state of Indiana. The most you can get on this puppy is 3 tons (FYI: check out the pic closely for further confirmation) but hey, it's a pretty nice bridge to check out nonetheless.

Just a few miles over, near Fort Ritner, is another through truss bridge over the East Fork of the White River; I don't know if it's still open or not, I could be wrong. But that, & the Sparksville bridge, are pretty much a big deal when it comes to historic through truss bridges in the Hoosier State, or at least southern Indiana.