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Wabash Memorial Bridge


Photo taken by Kim Harvey in October 2009


BH Photo #147862

Street Views 


Owned and maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)


Steel arch bridge over Wabash River connecting IN 62 and IL 141 between the towns of Mt. Vernon, IN and New Haven, IL.
White County, Illinois, and Posey County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1956
- Olinger Brothers
- Traylor Brothers Inc. of Evansville, Indiana
Cantilevered steel through arch
Length of largest span: 426.7 ft.
Total length: 2,400.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.94390, -88.03584   (decimal degrees)
37°56'38" N, 88°02'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/408985/4200096 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 097-9900 (Illinois bridge number)
INNBI 021869 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15730 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 16, 2021: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 6, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 27, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 14, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 25, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 19, 2014: Updated by James Baughn: Updated to show that tolls were removed effective July 1, 2014
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: street view
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: Overview, approach type
  • October 18, 2009: New photos from Kim Harvey



Wabash Memorial Bridge
Posted November 16, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge looks difficult to get good beside bridge photos of. I do see some access roads running alongside the approaches of the bridge that might offer side views at low water levels during the winter.

Bridges of this shape are notoriously hard to classify. Am trying to determine the bridge's configuration. Some sources list it as a cantilever, others as a tied arch, leading me to wonder if it is a cantilever truss with a tied arch suspended span like this bridge:


However I cannot confirm the presence of hinges. In the absence of hinges the bridge might be better categorized as a continuous structure.

Wabash Memorial Bridge
Posted November 16, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I cross this several times a month and always enjoy it.

Wabash Memorial Bridge
Posted September 9, 2014, by cconkle (msplinter1964 [at] gmail [dot] com)

People weren't paying tolls 2011-2012 either. The tollbooth was not manned every time we went over the bridge.

Wabash Memorial Bridge
Posted July 26, 2014, by Andrew Raker

INDOT has removed tolls as of July 1, 2014, according to this press release: http://www.in.gov/indot/2708.htm

Before then, the bridge had been electronic toll collection only, although using the Wabash Pass system, which was only good for this bridge, and not compatible with other systems.

Wabash River IL 141 Bridge
Posted November 4, 2011, by James Griffin (jgriffinwylie [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was actually built and is currently maintained by the Indiana DOT. The toll plaza is at the terminus of Indiana Highway 62. Recently, the original toll plaza was removed and a new electronic toll system put in place resulting in no need to stop and pay. The title for this bridge actually should be listed as the Wabash Memorial Toll Bridge as that is its official name.