The FHWA database lists the bridge's date as 1920, according to a fellow in their Indianapolis office. Last inspected Feb. 2012, not fracture critical, rated 44.6 out of 100.
It's being torn down to make way for the southern leg of the "Outer Beltway" scheme; click on the link to the map at http://www.ibj.com/suburban-counties-slowly-building-outer-loop-roads-to-avoid-indianapolis/PARAMS/article/10940
Although the larger road project has both state and federal funding, the county seems to have jiggered the bridge replacement as locally funded, apparently in order to get around Section 106 requirements. Or so it seems from reports, what I find on INDOT's site, etc. I'm new around here so don't know the history. You sure don't get it in the local paper:
Fairland Road project slowly moves forward
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:05 AM US/eastern
C.M. Schmidlkofer, Staff writer
Shelby County Commissioners approved a $652,300 contract with Strand Associates, Inc., a Columbus-based
engineering consulting firm Monday for the fourth phase of the five-phase Fairland Road project.
State and federal funding for the project will reimburse the county $521,840, or 80 percent of the expense.
Commissioner David Mohr, D-North District, said in a telephone conversation after themeeting that work on the road,
which includes the Red Mills Bridge replacement, may start next year.
"The state will be handling all the bids," he said, which he expects will reach the state by February 2014.
The fourth phase of the project is planned from east of London Road to County Road 825 West, approximately one mile.
This phase will take about a year, Mohr said, due not only to replacing the 1927 concrete arch bridge which spans Sugar
Creek, but the re-alignment of London Road there due to the proximity of the road to the new bridge.
The state is requiring a site distance between the bridge and road of approximately 100 feet, Mohr said.
"It's the most expensive phase we have on Fairland Road," he said. "Because the bridge is a pretty good-sized bridge."
Conversely, the fifth and last phase, is only about a half-mile stretch of road.
Mohr said the entire project began in 2003 and was supposed to take only 15 years from start to finish.
The fourth phase has undergone several false starts.
Work was scheduled to begin in February, then extended to April. But there were problems securing right of ways at that date, causing further delays.
When the Red Mills Bridge is closed for repairs, there will be traffic issues, Mohr said.
"It will take a full year, easy," he said of the construction. "And thats going to be the bad part for the farmers and local people right in there. Fire trucks, emergency ambulances, the Sheriff's Department --it's really going to make a mess with traffic congestion."
C. M. Schmidlkofer is a staff writer of The Shelbyville News. She can be reached at email@example.com
Wrong bridge shown here.