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Panther Creek KY 81 Bridge


Overview (Deck View Looking South)

Photo taken by James McCray in Feb 09


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BH Photo #133927



Through truss bridge over Panther Creek on KY 81
Daviess County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1934
Riveted, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 246.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.68972, -87.19111   (decimal degrees)
37°41'23" N, 87°11'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/483150/4171407 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KY 030-B00055N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18759 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 9, 2017: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • February 21, 2009: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Panther Creek KY 81 Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All I see here is some rather minor damage to the portal bracing. Are they seriously considering scrapping it after spending 660K on it less than a year ago?!

Panther Creek KY 81 Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)
Panther Creek KY 81 Bridge
Posted March 29, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I admire you for taking these pictures when you did, after the snow. Must've been COLD! That's a true bridge hunter.. no matter what the weather or the terrain. Capturing these elegant bridges in pictures before they're gone, is important!