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Bear Creek CR 500N Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in July 2009


BH Photo #143462


Lost Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 500 North
Jay County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1962
Riveted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 71.8 ft.
Total length: 77.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Also called
Old County Bridge #54
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.51167, -84.97167   (decimal degrees)
40°30'42" N, 84°58'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/671844/4486526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 3800145 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 19, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge has been replaced per forum post.
  • November 14, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • November 13, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: marker flags and tree clearing would suggest this bridge is likely doomed.
  • February 4, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon



Bear Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was obvious at my last visit in late 2010 that this was coming.

This is an extreme case of misspent taxpayer dollars. The bridge was of newer vintage (not sure the 62' date is accurate however)and in very good condition ...and only carried a couple hundred cars a day. The road did have a bit of a sharp curve to the West, but even in the new bridge alignment it wasn't completely addressed.

At the very least, why couldn't the old bridge have remained in place as it was not in the way of the new one?

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted April 20, 2012, by Matt Lohry

Brand new Google Earth satellite imagery does indeed confirm that ugly, concrete nastiness now resides at this location. :(

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted April 19, 2012, by T.M. (apmarino1966 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was out here earlier this year traveling; this bridge is gone and replaced with a new bridge.