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Deep Cut Lake Road Bridge #50


North side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in May 2009


BH Photo #140623



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Pratt through truss bridge over Beaver Creek on Deep Cut Lake Road
Martin County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1890; rehabilitated 1995
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 106.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Beaver Creek Bridge #50
Martin County Bridge #50
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.67833, -86.72361   (decimal degrees)
38°40'42" N, 86°43'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/524041/4281118 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5100025 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16623 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 30, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 8, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • March 11, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 15, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 22, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added County Bridge Number
  • July 20, 2014: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • May 25, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I have learned a bit about the past. The bridge is on Deep Cut Lake Road, or at least that is what they call it now. This road has three pony truss bridges and one Pratt through truss bridges. All four cross Beaver Creek. The three pony trusses are similar.

This road is built on a railroad right of way which was abandoned, as close as I can tell in 1899. I believe the abutments were reused from the railroad, the lower stone parts being pre 1899 and the concrete being added for the road bridges.

This would be at least the second bridge at this location. the first being a railroad bridge.

This bridge is subject to a large amount of corrosion and has been extensively repaired. To my untrained eye it looks very tired. Despite major efforts the steel used appears not to be of a type which weathers well and I would understand its replacement.