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Old SR 303 Wabash River Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115678


Street View 


Old SR 303 Wabash River Bridge

Mike Daffron

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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.


Through truss bridge over Wabash River on CR 300 West
Wells County, Indiana
Deck is repaired and bridge has been repainted
Built ca. 1930
Two riveted Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 306.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 9000144 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17300 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built during 1930s (11,532)
Have street view (26,386)
Indiana (4,864)
NR-eligible (4,034)
Open (39,455)
Owned by county (20,496)
Parker through truss (1,278)
Parker truss (1,655)
Select (530)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,186)
Through truss (14,775)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,152)
Truss (32,326)
Wabash River (100)
Wells County, Indiana (36)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 3, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • May 20, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge has been refurbished
  • 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


  • 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
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


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:


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.