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Hamilton Road Bridge


East end of bridge.

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008


BH Photo #120105


Hamilton Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Pratt through truss bridge over Eight Mile Creek on Hamilton Road
Allen County, Indiana, and Huntington County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1883 by the Smith Bridge Company; rehabilitated 1999
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Wrought iron pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 115.1 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #242
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.94591, -85.33555   (decimal degrees)
40°56'45" N, 85°20'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/640099/4534086 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0200178 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15785 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
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: 30.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "8-panel truss", "Stone Abutments", "Finials"
  • August 3, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • May 27, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • May 20, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 27, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Carnegie"
  • August 14, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added new information
  • February 6, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • July 26, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder



Hamilton Road Bridge
Posted April 20, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Glad you and the bridge are OK. Now I know why you climb the trusses; its safer up there :^) That truck appears to have a front plate. If you have a high-res version of the picture, you may have the info you seek. Truckers like that give trucking a bad name and should be taken off the road!


Art S.

Hamilton Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge has had its weight limit lowered following a bridge inspection as follows:

Hamilton Rd Bridge # 242 over Eight Mile Creek from CR 550 East to West County Line Rd 5 Tons