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Old SR 303 Wabash River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tom Hall

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BH Photo #115678

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This span was originally built by the Indiana State Highway Commission on what was then State Route 303. This state road was decommissioned at a later time and became a county road.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 300 West
Location
Wells County, Indiana
Status
Closed while deck is being replaced
History
Built ca. 1930
Design
Two riveted Parker through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 306.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80167, -85.27972   (decimal degrees)
40°48'06" N, 85°16'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/645114/4518164 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Markle
Inventory numbers
INNBI 9000144 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 69.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
1,825

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Nathan Holth reported on 05/19 that the deck was being replaced, hopefully good news for the longevity of this structure!
  • October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • November 27, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Satolli Glassmeyer - info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 27, 2007, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's a link with info about decommissioned IN 303:

http://illi-indi.com/EndsPage.php?id=1303§ion=1

Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 24, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I figured with a two-lane thru truss on a county road, that would be a real possibility.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 24, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Thanks for clearing this up. The bridge seems a lot less out of place now!

Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 23, 2007, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to Google Earth, this road is on old IN 303.

Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 22, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a state highway Parker truss. There's one like that in Decatur County that's on an old alignment of US421. Maybe that road is a decommissioned state road, as there are actually quite a few of them.