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Middletown Bridge

Photos 

6/2008 photo

Photo taken by Jim Grey

Enlarge

BH Photo #139715

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This bridge is on an original alignment of the Michigan Road, an important early (1830s) road that stretched from Madison on the Ohio River, through Indianapolis, to Michigan City on Lake Michigan.

Facts 

Overview
Four-span stone arch bridge over Conns Creek on CR 450 South
Location
Shelby County, Indiana
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1903, closed in 2013 due to flood damage, and removed in January 2014.
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 25.9 ft.
Total length: 141.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 24, 2009
Also called
Shelby County Bridge #149
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46194, -85.65139   (decimal degrees)
39°27'43" N, 85°39'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/616017/4368908 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Waldron
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7300137 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 09001135 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 17013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2010)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 37.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
50

Categories 

Arch (11,238)
Built 1903 (475)
Built during 1900s (6,326)
Deck arch (10,477)
Have street view (22,470)
Indiana (4,199)
Lost (18,869)
NR-listed (2,842)
One-lane traffic (7,429)
Owned by county (18,909)
Select (535)
Shelby County, Indiana (51)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,708)
Stone arch (2,660)
Structurally deficient (18,541)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,298)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2016: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • August 2, 2015: New photos from Jim Grey
  • November 19, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • June 9, 2013: Updated by Jim Grey: Marked as closed due to damage; updated history and build date
  • September 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 9, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Added to NRHP on 12/24/09 as "Middletown Bridge"
  • May 3, 2009: New photos from Jim Grey

Sources 

  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Middletown Bridge
Posted January 14, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Middletown Bridge
Posted January 14, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In the response letter, since they are losing this bridge, they are going to rehabilitate and reopen county bridge #13 which is a historic truss based on the letter.

Middletown Bridge
Posted January 13, 2014, by Jerry Davis (jrdavis1 [at] tds [dot] net)

I drove past the bridge site Jan. 13, 2014 and sadly have to report that the bridge is completely gone, just rubble left on the stream banks. Don't know if the county removed it or a recent flood event on Conns Creek might have caused it to collapse.

Middletown Bridge
Posted August 29, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is doomed. See the attached memo from INDOT, which reclassifies this bridge as Non-Select. This clears the way for Shelby County to demolish it.

The attachment describes in detail the rationale for this reclassification.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 1,061,997 bytes)

Middletown Bridge
Posted June 9, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is currently closed due a failed arch. I've uploaded photos of the damage.

The commissioners in Shelby County want to remove this bridge, which is on a one-lane road with but four or five houses on it. Preservationists are rallying to try to save it.

Middletown Bridge
Posted January 9, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added to NRHP -- music to my ears!!!