4 votes

Base Road Bridge



Photo taken by Chris Light

BH Photo #102842

Street View 


Wooden bridge over the CSX Railroad on Base Road
Jennings County, Indiana
Built ca. 1920; rehabilitated 1970; Closed July 2013; raized Aug. 5, 2013.
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Timber stringer. Includes supplemental Phoenix column bents added as a repair.
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 119.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Skew angle
20 degrees
Also called
Haines Corner wooden bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.98472, -85.68583   (decimal degrees)
38°59'05" N, 85°41'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/613822/4315902 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4000128 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16391 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad"
  • August 11, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed status
  • August 7, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Bridge has been replaced and removed
  • April 17, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge includes supplemental Phoenix Column bents.
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 23, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • February 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • August 21, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Light


  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com


Base Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This makes me very sad. I remember a few years ago when I explored all the old alignments of US 50 and its predecessors across Indiana. I didn't know this bridge was there until I came upon it and it was one of those "oh wow!!!" moments I live for as a bridge lover.

Base Road Bridge
Posted August 11, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

An absolute waste of what could have been a nice pedestrian crossing at this location...Not to mention a piece of history saved!

We save quite a few of them here in the Hoosier State...But there is still work to be done!

Base Road Bridge
Posted August 11, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)
Base Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2012, by james mccray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

ooohhhh sweet.....awesome

Base Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The goodies are underneath this bridge. Take the time to look under this bridge and you will find reused Phoenix columns added by B&O as repairs to the bridge. (Thanks to Jim Cooper for pointing this out)

Base Road Bridge
Posted June 12, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to my old maps and road guides, Base Rd. was the original alignment of US 50 (and its predecessor, State Road 4, under Indiana's pre-1927 numbering scheme).