Rating:
7 votes

Geneva Ford Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken by Mark Gish

BH Photo #102852

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Sand Creek on CR 250 West
Location
Jennings County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1907, rehabilitated and reopened in 2016
Builder
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Design
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 122.0 ft.
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #29
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08435, -85.65878   (decimal degrees)
39°05'04" N, 85°39'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/616002/4326993 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Vernon
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4000028 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16419 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 29.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
100

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 27, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge has been repaired
  • June 26, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • July 21, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and date of construction.
  • December 18, 2006: Posted photos from Mark Gish

Sources 

Comments 

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 31, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Tony.I would like to see barriers put up like in that picture Nathan posted.probably save a lot of trusses from irresponsible truckers and others.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm glad to hear that George!

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tony,unfortunately i don't work for the highway department.If i did i would put up barriers like the picture Nathan put on the comment section for this bridge.It also wouldn't destroy the beauty of the bridges like if a headache bar was put up.Warning barriers with a crossmember stating the height is an idea which should be used on every height restricted truss bridge.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Here's one in Ontario. At the other end it isn't this far away, but I really liked this end.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 29, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Exactly Robert... Get that bar far enough from the bridge so it doesn't get in my photos!!!

George had me worried when he said that... Wondered if he works for the highway department! [-=

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 29, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Makes sense Robert.Still,alot of drivers will pay attention if that happens.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As long as the bar is not welded to the bridge itself. It is better to put the "headache bar" on a separate frame so a truck that collides with the bar will not damage the bridge.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 28, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Mike,instead of PVC why don't they weld an iron bar on the entrances?That'll stop almost anybody with trucks.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 27, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hate to say it Mike but some idiot probably drunk or not paying attention will destroy that PVC on the bridge.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 27, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looks good except the unsightly PCV beam hanging low to keep too-tall idiots from driving. Oh well, still up and going.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted June 26, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited here on 6/25 and found the bridge jacked up on an I-beam. It appears they are replacing part of the foundation on the North end.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted March 11, 2016, by Cherri Mead (cherrimead [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unfortunately this lovely old bridge is closed in definately which really cuts off access to my neighborhood. It's a beautiful bridge worth saving. Wish more people would appreciate it's historical value for our county and save it before it's gone.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted August 30, 2015, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed most of the summer. This bridge and the Crosley Bridge (also presently closed) are about all that's left of the old, larger iron truss bridges in Jennings county. The Crosley Bridge will be repaired according to the North Vernon Plain Dealer a few weeks ago.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted September 13, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unless something crazy has happened that I don't know about... then it is still there!

The girl was actually talking about the High Banks Bridge in Delaware County that she thought was being torn down. I was happy to be able to contact her and let her know it was being dismantled to be restored and rebuilt in the same location.

http://www.bridgehunter.com/in/delaware/white-300s/

Leah is still a friend of mine today and visits "her" bridge quite often.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted September 13, 2012, by Nathan Holth

The message about the demolished bridge appears to refer to a different bridge based on the included photos. This bridge was still standing in 2010 i i visited it.

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted September 12, 2012, by Dean

Is this bridge still there? The post about tearing it down was almost 4 years ago. Was it not torn down or the site just hasn't been updated?

Geneva Ford Bridge
Posted November 13, 2008, by Leah (leahbeatty [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is being torn down. I often drive through the countryside to escape from the somewhat city life with my friends and we have loved this bridge for years. I've seen the seasons change from this bridge. It is a symbol of friendship and it will be sadly and deeply missed.

Rest in peace dearest friend.