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Big Blue River Bridge

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Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Big Blue River on IN 44
Location
Shelby County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1976; replaced 1997
Builder
- Hicks & Sons
Design
Riveted Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 174.9 ft.
Total length: 534.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.49641, -85.86532   (decimal degrees)
39°29'47" N, 85°51'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/597564/4372481 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lewis Creek
Inventory numbers
INNBI 016430 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39615 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1986)
3,300

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builders
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Big Blue River Bridge
Posted March 13, 2010, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another neat state highway Parker truss that was taken away. Both this bridge and the Sugar Creek bridge on IN 44 were between Shelbyville and Franklin which made an interesting drive. The bridge was also not tremendously narrow either. I remember it had not been painted in years and was near brown rust, then one day trees were being removed which was the bad sign!