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Hodapp Bridge

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Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in April 2010

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BH Photo #162894

Map 

Description 

A friend showed me this bridge, which was previously unlisted on this or the SHAARD sites. I have not been able to find out any further information on the history of it, and am looking for any help to fill in the blanks.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete girder bridge over Vernon Fork Muscatatuck River on Abandoned section of Brownstown Road (CR 800N)
Location
Ripley County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1926
Design
Concrete through girder with articulated floorbeams
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 99.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Brownstown Road Bridge
CR 800N Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19002, -85.43555   (decimal degrees)
39°11'24" N, 85°26'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/635108/4339029 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Millhousen
Land survey
T. 9 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 32
Elevation
838 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6900109 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 44930 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2008)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
105

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Refined structure type following field visit.
  • February 26, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo map data
  • June 12, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: CR 800N Bridge
  • April 19, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

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Comments 

Hodapp Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Allyson-- The survey marker is placed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey. They maintain a network of these throughout the country to aid in surveying. Some are fairly involved groups of related markers, others like this one are probably individual marks useful for local surveying. Despite being shown on the topo map, I can't find this one in the current database of "published" marks, so it may not be considered trustworthy.

Hodapp Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was quite a sight looking down to the bridge and the valley below it...very scenic.

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Allyson ((Hodapp) Sullivan)

correction to original post "above *sea level"

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Allyson ((Hodapp) Sullivan)

This is actually my family's property, I grew up on the land. My family (Hodapp's) still own the property. I remember the day the bridge was closed. I was very young maybe 6, which would be the early 90s. There are two houses that sit close to the bridge both with the name Hodapp, that is where the Hodapp Bridge name generated. I am curious if you know if the plaque on the bridge from the US Geolocigical Survey means anything specific or if it just states the above see level facts?

Brownstown Road Bridge
Posted June 11, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

A few years ago I stopped and talked to a woman at the house east of the bridge . She told me the bridge was always referred to as Hodapp Bridge named after the Hodapp family that lived in the house as seen in picture #3 for "many, many years". I believe the bridge has been closed for aprox. 15 to 20 years since the 90's.