Rating:
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Barnard Steel Bridge

Photos 

Barrel shot

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2009

Enlarge

BH Photo #145515

Map 

Video 

Barnard Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Big Walnut Creek on County Line Road
Location
Putnam County, Indiana, and Hendricks County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic (12 ton limit)
History
Built ca. 1915
Design
Riveted Pratt through truss with pin connected feet.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 143.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Line Road Bridge
Putnam County Bridge #45
Hendricks County Bridge #264
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.83056, -86.68667   (decimal degrees)
39°49'50" N, 86°41'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/526812/4408997 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Salem
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
170
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700032 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16904 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2021: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 22, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • April 5, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • September 28, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 1, 2019: New photo from Brent Tindall
  • November 5, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge numbers and photos
  • May 3, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 27, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 21, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Bridge still exists
  • April 3, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I think it will take an ongoing effort to turn things around. The county still isn't convinced but I think there is a chance.

Clark,

I believe the railing is original. It did have accident damage which was 'improved' while it was off.

Most bridges I've encountered look really bad but are usually stronger than they appear. This one was the opposite. It is a minor miracle it hadn't collapsed under a grain truck.

As I am aware of what was done; rather than say, I'll make it a bridgehunter challenge: For those able to visit the bridge, see if you can figure out what was done and what is still needed (besides paint :^) ).

Regards,

Art S.

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would assume they were reattached to the hangers on the verticals. Of course it offers no real protection to the truss members, but without a full rehabilitation and installation of a protective system that is the best that can be done.

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Is the new inside "railing" welded to the bridge members? Was that their reinforcement?

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Art,

I couldn't agree more with you!

Dicks is on a secondary road with a low ADT Count, and I doubt if the county will be in any rush to reopen it. Barnard on the other hand carries a decent amount of traffic (I think the 170 count on it is wrong btw).

We proved to Putnam County way back in 2006 with the Hibbs Ford Bridge that restoring these bridges is more economical. But yet they still haven't grasped the concept. They have demolished with no replacement (Appleby Ford); abandoned (Pinhook); bypassed and abandoned (Sutherlin Ford); demolished and replaced (Crow's); and given away (Houck). They did do some work on the Cooper Bridge, but I've not seen it to know what it amounts to.

I greatly appreciate your help with the Barnard Bridge and can only hope that the light bulb goes on and the county steps up and does what they need to... with it and the few other metal trusses that remain!

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 23, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I'm not sure about their priorities but unless Dick's is at risk removal, I'd rather see them actually fix this one first. The county promotes their covered bridges, it would be nice to add some trusses to the mix. If they proactively restored it, besides creating an attraction, their overall maintenance costs will go down.

I think doing so may demonstrate the benefit and help all of the bridges in the county.

Regards,

Art S.

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 22, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Alright, Art! You are a barer of good news! Hope they can get Dicks Road bridge fixed now

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted January 22, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

A tidbit of good news.

Not any prettier but open:

https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2861272.html

Regards,

Art S.

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted October 22, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge still closed as of October 20, 2019

Barnard Steel Bridge
Posted September 28, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hopefully it will be refurbished, whatever the problem. The Cooper Iron bridge, also in Putnam (pictured), was blocked off with mounds of rock on either end before it was repaired. Here's hoping!

Barnard Bridge
Posted November 9, 2009, by Rebecca Hull (cthull [at] tds [dot] net)

It is circa 1915. According to Iron Monuments to Distant Posterity, Indiana's Metal Bridges, 1870-1930, James L. Cooper

Barnard Bridge
Posted November 9, 2009, by Rebecca Hull (cthull [at] tds [dot] net)

This bridge is Putnam #45, crosses Big Walnut Creek on 900 E. aka County Line Road between, SR 236 and SR 36. Photos taken fall of 2005.