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Business US31 Wabash River Bridge



Photo taken Oct. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102884

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Business US31 Wabash River Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Three-span through truss bridge over Wabash River on Business US 31 at Peru
Peru, Miami County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1988. Rehabilitated 2019. Former US 31, also know as the Blue Star Highway with plaque at Southwest corner at road intersection
- Bob King (Contractor)
- Indiana State Highway Commission (Design)
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana (Fabricator)
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 609.8 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Kelly Avenue Bridge
County Bridge #159
Blue Star Highway-Wabash River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74233, -86.09659   (decimal degrees)
40°44'32" N, 86°05'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/576274/4510546 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bunker Hill
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5200122 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16656 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 96 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added Fabricator
  • August 2, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • December 3, 2019: New photo from Jen Savage
  • November 29, 2019: Updated by Jen Savage: Bridge rehabilitated in 2019
  • August 31, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • August 7, 2019: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: added local name
  • November 16, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 9, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • December 22, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Flickr Photo
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jen Savage - reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2020, by SCOTT Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I took this right before they opened and striped the rehabilitated bridge 2019 !

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2020, by SCOTT Ash (sah5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just another day on an old through truss looking at an old through truss, that’s always fun !

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I get excited at historic bridges too but...

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 16, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I guess the bridge reopened this morning. Found this video, hope you can see it.... https://www.facebook.com/david.birnell/videos/28730647427261...

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted September 26, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the Blue !

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted September 26, 2019, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

New paint job

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted September 24, 2019, by Paul Barefoot (riverman01 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I stopped to check out bridge September 10,2019 and I like the blue. I chatted with the supervisor and he said they found some rotted steel in the floor structure and replaced it. He gave me a fast tour and it will as good as new soon.

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

PS Locals call this the Kelly Avenue bridge...

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2019, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just heard today that they have painted this bridge blue...!?!?!? I will check next time I am there.

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted May 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Small price to pay in keeping an historic bridge around!

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2019, by Anonymous

Kokomo Tribune

Closure of Peru bridge worries local businesses

Access to city's west side will be impeded during six-month project

By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune Apr 16, 2019

PERU – The closure of the bridge which provides access to one of the largest commercial areas in Peru has some businesses worried the move could cut into their profits.

Kelly Avenue Bridge is set to close today to all traffic and will remain closed until November as crews work on a major rehabilitation of the structure.

Miami County Highway Engineer Ken Einselen said the structure was built in the 1930s and is now one of the last truss bridges of its kind left in the state.

He said the $1.8-million project underway on the bridge includes repainting the structure, replacing the joints, overlaying the pavement and fixing some of the abutments.

The bridge spans the Wabash River on the city’s west side and provides the main access point into the city from U.S. 31, connecting South Business 31 to Main Street.

The area around where the bridge enters the city includes a slew of restaurants, banks, retail stores and Kroger, which is one of the few grocery options in Peru.

Now, some of those businesses worry the six-month closure of the structure could hurt their sales and jeopardize their profits for years to come.

Kevin Dunn, general manager of the Wings Etc., which is located a block from where the bridge enters the city, said he anticipates the bridge closure having a serious impact on the number of customers coming to his restaurant.

“We’re not thrilled about it, for sure,” he said. “We’re a destination, so hopefully we’re enough of a destination that people will drive out of their way to come see us.”

Dunn said there’s no doubt barring access from Business 31 will have an immediate impact on foot traffic into the eatery, but he also worries the effects of the bridge closure could linger if customers’ driving patterns change.

“We can survive in the short term, but if the patterns change, I don’t know if we can,” he said. “The only hope we have is keeping some people from going across the bridge and driving into Kokomo. But it’s also keeping everyone else from coming to this side of town.”

Amelia Anderson, manager of Casey’s General Store located just east of the bridge, said she has the same worry. She said regular customers, who stop at the convenience store before heading out of town for work have told her they won’t be back until the bridge reopens.

“They usually stop in the morning to get coffee and a donut and then make a bee line out to the bridge,” she said. “Now, the ones who stop every morning have been telling me, ‘I’ll see you in November.’”

But Connie Wilson, a manager at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, located in the strip mall directly beside the bridge, said she doesn’t think the road closure will hurt business. She said most of their customers are from Peru and aren’t coming from U.S. 31.

“I don’t think it will affect us tremendously,” she said. “I see all small impact, but never big. I’m not too worried about it, honestly.”

County Engineer Einselen said he hopes the bridge closure has a minimum impact on local businesses, but regardless of the impact, the bridge rehabilitation must be done. He said it’s been over 30 years since the structure has been painted or had any major repairs.

“It’s a necessity. It has to be done,” he said. “It’s safer for the public and for the contractors to have the bridge closed. By going to a full closure, we can hit it hard and hopefully be done sooner.”

Crews were scheduled to keep one lane of traffic open on the bridge through May, but contractors changed the project schedule and decided to close the road sooner than expected, Einselen said.

Now, Casey’s manager Anderson said local businesses near the bridge hope sales don’t slump too much in the wake of the six-month shutdown.

“I’m just hoping the customers who can’t come in the morning will still stop in and see us on the weekend,” she said. “We’ll just do the best we can.”

The official detour around the closure has drivers heading west on Logansport Road to U.S. 31 then south to Business 31. Einselen said emergency responders will use River Road to gain access to the south side of the bridge.

County officials have been working to secure funding for the project since 2013. In total, the project will cost just over $2 million, which includes inspection fees. Federal funds will pay for 80 percent of the project, with county money paying for 20 percent.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

Business 31 crosses over the Wabash River, as seen from the Nickel Plate Trail bridge in Peru. photo by Kelly Lafferty Kokomo Tribune

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2019, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Mark, can you cut and paste the article here by any Chance? Many of us cannot Access the newspaper due to privacy concerns. Thanks! JS

Business US31 Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2019, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is closed until November 2019 for rehabilitation per Kokomo newspaper:


Old US 31 Wabash River Business Bridge
Posted July 16, 2012, by Todd (waycool67 [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

There is a void that slaps you in the face when you drive over an ugly concrete eyesore bridge. Last Sunday I relived childhood thrills while in Peru, Indiana. Concrete eyesores still are invading the historic bridge inventory. Lord, I'd hate to see a UCEB here next time around.