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Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in February 2009


BH Photo #156069


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on IN 44
Shelby County, Indiana
Dismantled and replaced.
Built ca. 1940; rehabilitated 1975
- Bergen & Bergen of Franklin, Indiana (Contractors)
- Indiana Department of Transportation (designers)
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 174.8 ft.
Total length: 179.7 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.49500, -85.94889   (decimal degrees)
39°29'42" N, 85°56'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/590380/4372236 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 016410 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17031 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • September 27, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builders
  • February 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • January 23, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Bridge currently in storage.


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted July 30, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately that got nixed by the short-sighted town counsel.

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted July 30, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anyone heard if this bridge is still going to Zionsville? Long time no hear.

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted June 25, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is IN 44 really safer than it was before? I traveled this stretch of road some time ago. Not only is this bridge not there and the Big Blue River Bridge gone. The entire stretch between Shelbyville and Franklin has been widened and small hills been eliminated, and just UCEBs. Yes the original road was one of those old really narrow Indiana highways but not winding, and traveled by numerous trucks. This used to be quite a drive to look forward to taking with TWO through trusses along the way. I traveled the new boring flat and UCEB road and just about fell asleep. The new road is supposed to be safer. Is it REALLY?

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted September 26, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge, or at least part of it is in a storage yard west of Rushville on IN 44. See BH 45655 for more and photos.

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised to hear they didn't build a temp bridge before closing the road, as this road carries alot of traffic.

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I did an inspection and photo documentation on this bridge in 2006. At that time there was talk of it being moved to Zionsville for road reuse. Don't know if that is still a possibility or not.

Sugar Creek IN 44 Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I went by this bridge yesterday(5/2). The road and bridge is closed. It appeared the road was being set up for a temproary bridge. Logging onto a Shelbyville News bulletin, the article said the bridge is to be moved off the foundation to a nearby county road, disassembled, sandblasted, and stored for reuse. This beats demolition. SR 44 between Shelbyville and Franklin was a less boring drive back when there were two through trusses.