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North 17th Street-East Fork Whitewater River Bridge

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A few shots from the West side

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in June 2011

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Overview
Concrete arch bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on North 17th Street
Location
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built ca. 1913-1914
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 94.5 ft.
Total length: 97.1 ft.
Deck width: 30.5 ft.
Also called
County Bridge #709
Morton Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.84220, -84.87830   (decimal degrees)
39°50'32" N, 84°52'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/681531/4412397 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Richmond
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8900220 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17266 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 2000)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 32.00 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added more photographs, added name, narrowed down build date to a two year range.
  • June 20, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon

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Comments 

North 17th Street-East Fork Whitewater River Bridge
Posted July 17, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This what gives me hope, that we haven't found everything in Indiana Yet.

North 17th Street-East Fork Whitewater River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Glad to have you with us Mike! You can always contact me with any questions! And I'm sure most of the other good people here would tell you the same!

North 17th Street-East Fork Whitewater River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2017, by mike huff

I got to see this place I moved from indy in ,79 to Ky I am new to bridge hunters I can't stop looken!

Morton Lake Bridge
Posted November 4, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Interesting information you found Luke. I hadn't ever really had the time to do any digging around on it...although I suspected there was more to the story here.

It is referred to as the North 17th Street Bridge however...I doubt anyone but a few local historians would know what Morton Lake even was.

Morton Lake Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

http://www.mrlinfo.org/history/lostrichmond/mortonlake.htm

An ill fate commercial business venture.

North 17th Street Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tony, I went to Flickr and looked at your photos there and do see now where the road used to lead away -- there's still a gap in the trees along that line. It would be very cool to see this converted into a park. Let's hope someone in Richmond is paying attention!

North 17th Street Bridge
Posted June 20, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Jim, when I posted my pictures on Flickr, the map that comes up still showed the road and had it veering to the Northeast and into the New Paris Pike.

But yes......it is long gone now!

North 17th Street Bridge
Posted June 20, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Talk about a true "Diamond in the Rough"

I got a tip that this bridge was still extant even though it was listed as Demolished in SHAARD, so I made a trip over Friday and was just amazed at what I found.

This was indeed been a very special bridge when it was erected, and although it has sat abandoned for at least 25 years it is still special.

With a beautiful setting, and some incredible railing that extends a total of about 200 feet off the bridge, I have never seen one quite like it.

The city of Richmond would be wise to invest in the rehabilitation of this bridge and the conversion of this area into a park.

North 17th Street Bridge
Posted June 20, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a fine bridge this must have been when new. I looked it up on Google Maps and see that there's no road leading away from it on the north anymore. I wonder what happened here.