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Buddha-Lawrenceport Bridge


Up-Stream Elevation From North Bank

Photographs by Phillip Smith - April 1993

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #154313



Replaced an earlier covered bridge destroyed by flood in 1913. Reported cost was $16,484.


Lost through truss bridge over East Fork White River on Buddha Bypass
Lawrence County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1913; replaced 1996
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
2-span pinned Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 199.2 ft.
Total length: 399.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Rivervale Bridge
Lawrence County Bridge No. 64
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.77003, -86.40931   (decimal degrees)
38°46'12" N, 86°24'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551314/4291423 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bedford East
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4700038 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39402 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 89.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 12, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • June 15, 2013: New photo from Tim Wray
  • May 12, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added to description and related.
  • February 24, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added comment
  • February 6, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name
  • February 2, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added truss type, builder and GPS
  • February 7, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Buddha-Lawrenceport Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was a beautiful span and it's a shame that it and the Stumphole Bridge weren't saved. This bridge replaced an earlier span likely destroyed in the great 1913 flood. Stumphole also replaced a J.J.Daniels built covered bridge that was destroyed by an 1893 storm. There is a really neat old photo of the Rivervale Bridge taken during it's dedication in 1913 with county commissioners and representatives of the Vincennes Bridge Company.

Hopefully the Fort Ritner Bridge will survive as the last great White River Bridge in the county.