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Boner Bridge

Photos 

Overview

The Boner Bridge has been completely restored. The bridge is a three span Bowstring Arch truss bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Street Views 

Video 

Boner Road Bridge

video by Mike Daffron

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring through truss bridge over Little Pigeon Creek on Boner Road
Location
Warrick County, Indiana, and Spencer County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1869
Builder
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
1 Bowstring pony truss span
1 Bowstring through truss span
1 Bowstring pony truss span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 161.0 ft.
Total length: 254.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Pyeatt's Mill Bridge
Warrick County Bridge #273
Spencer County Bridge #276
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.94219, -87.25189   (decimal degrees)
37°56'32" N, 87°15'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/477867/4199430 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Yankeetown
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
106
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8700124 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17189 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 19, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • February 23, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 15, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 17, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 21, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added County bridge number
  • May 14, 2016: New Street View added by Elliott Johnson
  • December 12, 2015: New Street View added by Erik Hoffman
  • October 23, 2012: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • September 29, 2012: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 27, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • January 11, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed County Listing: This Is A County Line Bridge
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added street view link
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: adjusted coordinates
  • July 21, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Alternate name
  • May 28, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • May 27, 2008: New photos from James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Matt Lohry
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Don Morrison

That's true, George.

The Streetview car probably hasn't tooled on down Boner Road in quite an extended time.

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Can't Imagine That 🤣🤣🤣

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They have a problem with people stealing the signs due to the name of the bridge. :)

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

There were no plaques or signs on the end by Red Brush Road.

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I saw that,Don but I think maybe they're both gone.Only somebody that's been over the bridge recently would know if both signs are still there.

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is very short...Boner Road

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Don Morrison

George;

One plaque can be seen in street view. I don't know where the other one got off to. Maybe someone jacked it.

Interesting that Red Brush Road goes thru a place named Red Bush.

I had expected Boner Road to be longer.

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

We drove across it Twice; Definitely Creaky

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Melissa,are the plaques still at the bridge?Didn't see them on street view.

Boner Bridge
Posted February 23, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love the bridge... Hate the wooden railings

Boner Bridge
Posted December 13, 2019, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In the eternal wisdom of the great sage Michael Scott, "Thats what she said."

Boner Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I mean sure it's more fun to say it the way the spelling would suggest. But the family name was actually pronounced as if another N was present.

And the true historic name at the time it was built was Pyeatt's Mill Bridge.

Boner Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Jim (jd [dot] starnes8 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I live 3 miles from this bridge and grew up here for the last 54 years it has been pronounced the same way Webster's dictionary pronounces it. A local tradition is laying rubber on the Boner.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boner

Boner Road Bridge
Posted December 12, 2013, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Article with pictures:

http://littleindiana.com/2012/04/indiana-bridges-boner-bridg...

Love the name...

Boner Road Bridge
Posted October 24, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was happy to see a new floor installed on the bridge when I was there last month. The deck that was installed during the rehab in 2006 was in terrible shape apparently due to the wood being too green and not properly seasoned. It had warped and split and was getting almost dangerous to drive on.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted October 23, 2012, by Matt Lohry

I also got to see this one on my visit to Warrick County--it's a beauty! I was standing on it when a Jeep went across. Lots of bouncing, but it carried the load well!

Boner Road Bridge
Posted May 21, 2012, by Dane S. (aimcop726 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

new deck and other stuff

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm a big kid at heart... but promise it's not on my wall!

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Ben Tate

Thanks for the back story. I hope the sign remains secured this time. It's a beautiful bridge that hopefully I'll get to visit someday. It's only 5 hours away from me.

Tony, despite the pronunciation, I can still see that plaque hanging on some kid's wall. :)

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you for the information Bob... It would seem that the Boner name is well deserved.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Boners were land owners to the west and north in the 1880 Warrick County atlas, Nathan Pyeatt had property at the time there too. In the 1899 atlas it appears the Boners had expanded and the Pyeatts had left. (on the Warrick side anyway)

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ben, I visited this beauty on Labor Day weekend and learned that it is actually pronounced as if it were spelled BONNER.

...There goes the 10 minutes worth of Stand-up I had for this span! (Pun fully intended)

I would like to find out where this name came from since historically this span is known as the Pyeatt's Mill Bridge.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Ben Tate

With a name like Boner Bridge, I can see why there is a high demand for teenagers to steal the sign.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted October 13, 2010, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The plaques have been replaced now and they did a better job mounting them this time. I guess the name is a bit more then some teenagers can stand though.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted May 2, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

We had problems in Michigan at Historic Bridge Park with vandals taking the signs. The key is to attach them with irreversible attachments. The pictured sign is metal attached to metal pole. I would just weld it on.

However, it is my strong opinion that attaching such a sign to the bridge itself is inappropriate because both photographers and historians do not like a historic bridge to be cluttered with modern elements. The AASHTO required weight limit and clearance signs are clutter enough.

Here is a rather extreme example of a poorly placed interpretive sign: http://www.bridgehunter.com/ri/kent/8420/

Boner Road Bridge
Posted April 30, 2010, by Bryan Knowles (indguy38 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Why were the plaques at each end of the bridge fastened down with a single set screw? I live just a mile from this bridge and visit quite often with my 2 sons. I told my wife the day they set the plaques that some vandal would walk away with them if they were ONLY going to fasten them with a single set screw. My suggestion IF these plaques are to ever be replaced... place them at the cross braces at the top of the bridge and secure them ALOT better.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted July 9, 2009, by Bob (yosh6654 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

New plaques at the ends.

Boner Road Bridge
Posted February 13, 2007, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

Repairs on the Boner road bridge are complete

Boner Road Bridge
Posted November 5, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge has been completly rehabilitated in 2006

Boner Road Bridge
Posted July 13, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

Bridge is undergoing repairs at this time