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South Fork Patoka River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by J.P. in June 2009

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BH Photo #140052

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over South Fork Patoka River on CR 325 West
Location
Pike County, Indiana, and Gibson County, Indiana
Status
Beautifully Restored
Future prospects
This old bridge is all but ready to go for another 100+ years now. I'm not sure if it'll be open to all traffic but it has been rehabilitated and is looking great. I'll get back down that way and get a few recent pictures soon as I can.
History
Built 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co., Now part of the Patoka Historic Bridges District.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
9-panel Pratt variant (double-intersecting counters)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 122.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 25, 2005
Also called
Gibson County Bridge #387
Pike County Bridge #246
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.37875, -87.33976   (decimal degrees)
38°22'44" N, 87°20'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/470323/4247894 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Petersburg
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6300160 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 05000198 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16859 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.0 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge Open and Restored
  • August 21, 2015: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added county and Alternate names
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: adjusted GPS coordinates
  • May 15, 2009: Updated by J.P.
  • May 12, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • May 11, 2009: Updated by J.P.
  • May 9, 2009: New photos from J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Awesome to see this rare beauty and it's "Big Brother" to the North finally get some love.

Will be a key part of a spring visit!

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 22, 2016, by Chris Perry

A real beauty!

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I love the job that was done on this and the Patoka Bridge just to the north! the road between them has been repaired and you can travel them both now. No Graffiti either!!!

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2015, by Mike Daffron

Looks like rehab is moving along nicely

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2015, by Kendra Owen (owen [dot] kendra [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of this spring there were signs posted on the south side indicating that the bridge (and possibly the other one north of it) is to be restored.

Currently closed to all but foot traffic.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted November 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That is the Upper Bluffton Bridge in Iowa that has been moved off the river and is now looking for a new home.

I guess that Julie must have posted it here for comparison purposes.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted November 24, 2011, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

What is photo 33? It appears to be sitting in the middle of a field...

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Closing this road to prevent construction traffic was suggested by the SHPO in section 5.0 of this documentation.

Also suggested was making funds available to repair both of these spans......I DO hope that comes to pass as well!

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2011, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

For those who want some denser reading dealing specifically with I-69:

http://www.deis.i69indyevn.org/DEIS_Sec2/2D_Appendix_O.pdf

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2011, by James Simmons

According to the Gibson County Highway superintendant. He says that this road is closed pending construction of I-69. Here is the map of the route.

http://www.i69indyevn.org/PDF/Section2/map_PrefAlt_03.pdf

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Julie, the rod you are referring to is something WIBC did with a number of its bridges from the era of the Upper Bluffton Bridge. I have also seen this detail on a bridge in London, Ontario, and built by a different company so it was not something only WIBC did.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 6, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Upper Bluffton has the diagonal going across two panels at either end and then horizontal rod going across the others through the center. Was that typical?

I've called my senators about help with the NRHP and the address locations for bridge reuse.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one is more unique than Upper Bluffton due to it's double-intersecting counters. This "Pratt-variant" was apparently an experiment of David Hammond and WIBCo. There was another one in Indiana that is gone, but I believe there is one more of this type in Iowa.

It and another bridge up the road are part of a historic district and are rated Select in the Indiana Bridge Inventory. It should definitely be a high-priority candidate for restoration.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

so similar to the Upper Bluffton. Would love to somehow cast the ornate ironwork above the signs for the Bluffton Bridge, Someone took those in the last couple of years. Do we see this stuff in antique stores or is the neighbors wanting a piece? It's not us bridgehunters, is it?

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2011, by James Simmons

I think this bridge is closed now. The road has a cone in the middle, and since this was rated as Imminent failure, I would not be surprised if it was closed because of the flooding.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by J.P.

I loved these bridges when i visited them, the river was flooded. Had to walk and wade about a mile to get the bridge that is on the road about a mile down the river.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by James Simmons

300 W... a great road, especially towards twilight on a summer evening. Two really old classic bridges completely covered with a tree canopy, There are points where its nearly pitch black.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted May 15, 2009, by J.P.

This Bridge along with the one above it on CR300W are the bridges included in the Patoka River Bridges Historic District. Which makes me very happy.

South Fork Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 20, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (dillon [dot] fam [at] att [dot] net)

This is a rare WIBC Pratt variant. Instead of the diagonals crossing two panels- as on a Whipple truss, on this bridge the counters cross two panels. There is another one sitting abandoned in Orange County, In. This bridge needs to be preserved.