Rating:
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Beaver Creek Bridge #137

Photos 

West end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in May 2009

Enlarge

BH Photo #140627

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Replaced pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on CR 170 North (CR243)
Location
Martin County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge and moved to the side of the road.
History
Built ca. 1903; rehabilitated 1992
Builders
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana (likely fabricator)
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Woodlawn, Pennsylvania
Design
Half-hip Pratt pony truss (pinned)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 57.4 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Martin County Bridge #137
Deep Cut Connector Road Bridge #137
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68333, -86.73889   (decimal degrees)
38°40'60" N, 86°44'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/522710/4281669 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Huron
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5100061 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16625 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2010)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
63

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
  • April 22, 2015: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 21, 2014: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Replaced
  • March 16, 2012: New photos from Parker McElhinney
  • February 29, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
  • February 28, 2012: New photos from Parker McElhinney
  • December 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated information
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 25, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson

Sources 

  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Parker McElhinney
  • Luke
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Matt Lohry

The newest GE satellite view (3/28/2016) shows the old bridge still sitting on the south side of the road, just east of the new eyesore. It blends in with the trees almost perfectly, but once you see it, it's easy to spot.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge is still sitting beside the new ugly one. Looks pretty good to me. It is so cool to go down Deep Cut Lake Road and see the bridges there. The bridge over Beaver Creek on Weisbach is listed as built in 1995. Will get pix of both Weisbach road bridge and this one.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted July 23, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The problem stems from there being WAY too many "Beaver Creek Bridges" in Martin County. If I lived a little closer I would do some research which would likely yield some Historic names for these spans when they were built.

The bridge in question was on the connector road that led from US50 to Deep Cut Lake Road. It was severely damaged by an out-of-control vehicle and replaced. The span was reportedly given to a local that was supposedly planning to fix and use it. I hope it doesn't simply end up in the scrap yard!

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

I can't speak for it's current ownership but the photos show what I know about it's present state.

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.

I suspect that the through truss was reused in its current position. I fact I'm not ruling out the possibility that all four bridges were reused. If the date of the bridge is really before 1900 than they had to have been reused here.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2014, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The Street View imagery is from Sept. 2012. More recent aerial photos show a replacement UCEB.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2014, by ArtS

Ed,

I'm confused. In the comments below, it says the bridge was 'acquired' by someone. Why is it still at its original location?

Regards,

Art S.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2014, by ArtS

Still appears to bee present in the 2014 streetview!

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2013, by dan reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

It can be fixed, we repaired it enough that it could be picked up in one piece and set along the road, to be taken apart

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2013, by Matt Lohry

At least the bridge still exists, even if someone that may never use it has it at the moment...there is a chance he may do something with it...if he hadn't "conned" the old bridge out of the county, they would have just sentenced it straight to the dumpster.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 15, 2013, by AR

Damnit. Just...dammit.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unless that local knows a good Blacksmith...I doubt that he will get very far with his project.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

The bridge has been replaced, insurance of the truck driver that damaged it paid most of the bill, a local resident conned the insurance and the county out of the old truss, and he plans to put it up on his property, which will most likely never happen and he will eventually scrap it. it could be repaired and used again, but most likely will not happen.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Anonymous

This bridge was damaged by a tractor trailer that crossed the bridge. He left the scene but a witness was able to provide a great description and he was caught.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No...it's certainly not mangled like some I have seen in the past. I was even kind of wondering if the right person could brace it from underneath and just remove the damaged truss for repair and then reassemble it on site. Need to have John Camden or one of the Michigan guys to have a look.

Now if only we could get the powers that be to concur.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 18, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

From a shop restoration standpoint it doesn't look like that big of a deal. The pin plate snapped apart, big deal. Put a new pin plate on, heat straighten any bending in the chords, put it back in service.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by Parker McElhinney

I even wonder if it's going to be replaced period. There's no compelling reason that I'm aware of to have a bridge there. There's only a few houses on the East side. While I'm sure they'd like easier access restored I think getting an administrator to pop for the cost won't be easy since there is reasonable access from another direction

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The best hope for this one might be getting it dismantled and taken to a blacksmith for straightening and repairs.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

If this were a car I'd say it was totaled. Without some strong reason to preserve this bridge, it's going to be scrap.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Parker McElhinney

Finally got around to the East side to get some pics from that end. Got the added bonus of crossing three pony trusses and one through truss in only a couple of miles of Deep Cut Lake Road to get there. I presume the abraded areas on the end of the damaged truss are from some vehicle but I would have expected something more definite than what's there.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 29, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Heavy damage certainly...but still repairable. I wonder if they know who hit it and if they have insurance.

I hope they do the right thing here!

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Parker McElhinney

Bridge was still there when I passed by this evening and the damage is less severe, though still bad enough, than I had thought from my previous brief view passing by at 60mph. Got some pictures this time, all from the West end because I wasn't quite sure how to get to the East side without a map, and have added them to the listing. If it's still there next week I'll get over to the East side.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2012, by Anonymous

Happened to notice this evening that this bridge has been heavily damaged on the East end in a manner that suggests it had been run into. The Southern truss had been bent outward to something approaching 45 degrees and extending to almost the middle of the bridge, while the Northern truss had been bent towards the South but at a lesser angle. Did see the road was blocked off by a large gravel pile, but didn't see any heavy equipment. Would have turned around and got pics but the car was throwing a fit so I considered it better to keep moving while I could. Unfortunately it will probably be gone by the time I can get back that way next week.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted May 26, 2009, by Rick McOmber (r [dot] mcomber [at] comcast [dot] net)

Robert: thanks for posting the info on this bridge. I came across this bridge during my travels in Indiana in 2005. I thought this bridge was in Martin county and now your posting confirmed it. At first I thought this bridge was on a private driveway.