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Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge


Overview: Cable Stayed Steel Arch

The design of this bridge is unique. The bridge is actually suspended from the arch using cable stay technology.

Photo taken by James McCray in Feb 09


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Steel arch bridge over Jonathan Moore Pike on I-65 west of Columbus
Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1996
Cable-stayed steel arch in between two concrete stringers
Length of largest span: 197.2 ft.
Total length: 292.0 ft.
Deck width: 81.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.20025, -85.95803   (decimal degrees)
39°12'01" N, 85°57'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/589971/4339516 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 035520 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 41227 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 93 (out of 100)
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Arch (12,686)
Bartholomew County, Indiana (73)
Built 1996 (64)
Built during 1990s (780)
Columbus, Indiana (22)
Deck arch (11,921)
Have street view (29,297)
Indiana (5,113)
Modern (2,680)
Open (41,014)
Owned by state (16,595)
Span length 175-250 feet (2,079)
Steel arch (407)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,558)

Update Log 

  • April 1, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • January 18, 2011: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 1, 2009: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge
Posted January 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, the I-94 Telegraph Road Bridge is another modern aesthetic arch bridge on a freeway. It was built just before Detroit hosted the Superbowl, and the bridge's portal bracing is football-shaped which is probably not a coincidence. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/14566484

Another "football bridge" but much more pathetic than the Indiana or Michigan bridges, is this bridge near Pro Football Hall of Fame: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/4872144 The reason its pathetic is the arch is not structural, and serves no function, unlike the Indiana and Michigan bridges.

Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge
Posted January 25, 2011, by Anonymous

I-94 has a cool looking cable arch that the roadway passes thru near Detroit at Taylor Mi.

Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge
Posted January 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In my opinion "recycled" is a bit mild to describe what Columbus did to their historic truss bridge. They annihilated a historic bridge that was PRESERVED as an exhibit. Talk about wasteful. I don't care for cities that dispose of their heritage at the expense of modern architecture. Why can't we have both modern architecture and historic architecture side by side? To me, downtown Chicago has always symbolized this quite well, as does the United Kingdom. The historic truss bridge would have offered an interesting contrast to modern bridges such as these, to anyone taking an architectural tour in Columbus. Now, they only get to see one side of the coin.

Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This and the nearby Cable-stayed bridge fit into Columbus' architecture theme.

For those of you who aren't familiar.... Columbus, Indiana is a small city of about 40,000 that features the architecture of many major cities. In fact, an article I read a few years back had Columbus ranked 6th in the U.S. for the number of structures designed by noted architects....behind the likes of New York and Chicago. For many years now, whenever a new structure is needed a special process is used to choose the designer from a pool of candidates.

So the I-65 Bridge was really built as a sort of "Welcome Sign" to the city. And although I'm not a big cable-stayed enthusiast, the 2nd St. Bridge is really quite a site when seen at night. Their web-site features a "Bridges of Bartholomew County" page with these two spans and the covered bridge at Mill Race Park (A transplant from Union County via Indianapolis), but sadly says nothing about the county's nice collection of metal truss bridges....most of which have been restored. And a major gaffe occurred last year when a small Pratt through truss was "recycled". The little 5-panel span had stood proudly in Mill Race Park like a piece of sculpture for all to see. When the city decided a new building should go in it's place they inexplicably sent the century-old landmark to the scrap heap. That no communication was made to Indiana Landmarks or any other agencies was truly disappointing.

Columbus really is a unique place.....that just needs to do a little better job with it's "Historic Architecture"


Jonathan Moore Pike I-65 Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by Jacob P. Bernard (jacob_bernard [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What a nice way to add some appearance to a modern interstate bridge. I remember seeing it when I would visit my father.