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Big Walnut Creek Bridge


Big Walnut Creek bridge

On old alignment of US 40. Taken 7/2006.

Photo taken by Jim Grey


BH Photo #145459



Concrete arch bridge over Big Walnut Creek on CR 750 South
Putnam County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1923. On former alignment of US 40.
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 76.1 ft.
Total length: 237.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55167, -86.98083   (decimal degrees)
39°33'06" N, 86°58'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/501646/4377998 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6700229 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (11,325)
Built 1923 (543)
Built during 1920s (8,987)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,668)
Deck arch (10,557)
Indiana (4,222)
NR-eligible (4,020)
Non-Select (301)
Open (37,306)
Owned by county (19,074)
Putnam County, Indiana (78)
Skewed (4,721)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,941)
Structurally deficient (18,500)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,845)
US 40 (125)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2014: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added 3 spans, Historic U.S. 40
  • July 17, 2014: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • July 19, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • September 1, 2009: Updated by Jim Grey: Changed date built per NBI
  • August 19, 2009: New photo from Jim Grey


  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com


Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted April 6, 2015, by Mary A Brown (mabrownindy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is metal detecting allowed in this area?

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted July 18, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is on a section of the pre-four lane National Road before 1940. It was preserved as "Historic U.S. 40" as at least one sign on modern U.S. 40 indicates. The bridge deck is concrete with bad cracks which allow water to leak which collects between the arches and which is draining through the mid-stream pier. This is destroying the pier which will be the end of the bridge.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by J.P.

not sure, I do know they were fixing wash out on the east end of the bridge.

Big Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yikes, what happened to that railing? It wasn't so torn up when I visited last in 2009.