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Sutherlin Ford Bridge

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Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in April 2009

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Big Raccoon Creek on CR 1050 North
Location
Putnam County, Indiana
Status
Bypassed with a new bridge but retained.
History
Built in 1906 by the Vincennes Bridge Co.
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Design
10 panel,pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 153.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County bridge #10
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.81263, -86.95403   (decimal degrees)
39°48'45" N, 86°57'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/503934/4406962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Russellville
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700009 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16903 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2011)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
217

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2017: New photos from Janis Ford
  • March 25, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • February 2, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name and year of construction.

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Janis Ford

Comments 

Sutherlin Ford Bridge
Posted March 24, 2014, by Steven J. Suiter (sjsuiter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Updating the info. The bridge has been bypassed. I know this because I also belong to www.geocaching.com and there is a geocache hidden on this bridge. There is a small parking area located on one side of the bridge.

Sutherlin Ford Bridge
Posted April 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is apparently to be bypassed. According to contract to be let May 11:

The Putnam County Commissioners will bypass the existing historic Putnam County Bridge No. 10 and will maintain ownership of the bridge for perpetuity, in addition to placing the bridge on the County’s maintenance list to be inspected every two years to prevent unacceptable deterioration. The bridge will be kept open and accessible to the public. A parking area will be constructed on the old roadbed at the east end of the bridge to safely accommodate two vehicles and encourage the continued use of the bridge by pedestrians and bicyclist. The parking area will be delineated by timber bollards. The remainder of the asphalt between the bridge and the parking area will be removed and replaced with compacted aggregate. This will comprise the 10’x80’ path from the parking area to the bridge.