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Matthew E. Welsh Bridge



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Through truss bridge over the Ohio River on KY 79/IN 135
Meade County, Kentucky, and Harrison County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1966 and rehabilitated 1997
Cantilevered subdivided Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 724.9 ft.
Total length: 3,097.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Also called
Mauckport Bridge
Brandenburg Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.01972, -86.19583   (decimal degrees)
38°01'11" N, 86°11'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/570585/4208308 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory numbers
INNBI 026348 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16261 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • August 28, 2019: New photos from Ben Tate
  • January 14, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 18, 2016: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • July 20, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 28, 2008: New photo from Joe Virruso
  • February 3, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Joe Virruso - virrusofamily [at] att [dot] net
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jesse Sharkoman Berube - jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com


Matthew E. Welsh Bridge
Posted August 28, 2019, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was painted blue as part of a $7 million painting and repairing project during the last 2 years.


Mauckport Bridge
Posted June 23, 2018, by Jim O (owensrvclub [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can motor homes cross this bridge that are under 11H? Were a c class unit towing a car.

Brandenburg Bridge
Posted July 18, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the National Bridge Inventory, the Inventory rating is 23.8 tons. The operating rating is 40.6 tons. The original design load of the bridge was MS 18 / HS 20.

Note that these ratings may very well differ from the actual posted and enforced weight limits. If you are planning on taking an overweight load over the bridge, please contact INDOT and/or obey any posted weight limit signs.

Brandenburg Bridge
Posted July 16, 2010, by R. MICHAEL BLACKLOCK (RMBMAX1 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

What is the weight limit for this bridge?

Brandenburg Bridge
Posted September 10, 2009, by Jacob Newkirk (jnewkirk77 [at] att [dot] net)

This is known as the Matthew E. Welsh Bridge, named for the Governor of Indiana during the time it was built (he served 1961-65, the bridge opened in '66). It serves as a vital link between Meade County, Ky. and Harrison County, Ind.; Indiana S.R. 135 links the community to I-64.