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Lewisburg Bridge



Photo taken Sept. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #102727

Street View 


A great success story of a bridge that was brought back from near death.

Replaced a Covered Bridge that was destroyed by an ice gorge in 1912.


Five-span concrete arch bridge over Wabash River on CR 825 East
Cass County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1913 by the National Concrete Co., closed 1986, north span collapsed 2005, fully rehabilitated and reopened 2008
- Daniel B. Luten (Engineer)
- National Concrete Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Filled-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 94.1 ft.
Total length: 453.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Wabash River CR 825 East Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74446, -86.21854   (decimal degrees)
40°44'40" N, 86°13'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/565975/4510684 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0900083 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15899 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2018: New Street View added by Jeff Wieland
  • February 7, 2013: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 6, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • May 24, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Jeff Wieland


Wabash River CR 825 East Bridge
Posted May 4, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Wow it looks great. Glad to see one saved for a change, looks like they did a good job. Thanks for the new photos Tom.

Wabash River CR 825 East Bridge
Posted May 4, 2008, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

Here are some updated pictures of this bridge.

Although there is still work being done to the underside of the bridge, it's now open to traffic once again.

Photo 1 is of the deck in 2006

Photo 2 is a close up of the collapsed section taken in 2006

Photo 3 is the deck now.

Photo 4 is where the collapsed section was.

Photo 5 is of the new balusters.

Just goes to show what can be done as far as restoration goes.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Wabash River CR 825 East Bridge
Posted November 12, 2007, by James (jdrjeep [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is one of 3 in our county designed by Daniel Luten, an early 20th century bridge designer from Indiana who had taught at Purdue. The others are the CR 600 East Bridge over the Wabash(single lane, closed, newer structure beside it), the the 3rd Street/Indiana 17 bridge over the Eel River in Downtown Logansport. All three were built to replace structures lost in the great flood of 1913. The Lewisburg bridge is being widened to two 12 foot lanes instead of the old single lane it had before. Locals have had only one way out of their town since it's closure. The newer structure mentioned in a previous comment is the US 24 Hoosier Heartland Corridor and was responsible for closing one of the original 3 byways into Lewisburg as that road was excavated and dead ended when preparing the approaches for the US 24 bridges. The Lewisburg bridge has hit a snag as of November 2007 because the contractor has asked for an extension and the county is recommending the state turn their request down. Here is a link to the local newspapers story, http://www.pharostribune.com/local/local_story_313190703.htm...

In case it is not available for future use, here is the copied and pasted story.

Lewisburg bridge completion delayed

County recommending that INDOT deny contractor’s request for extension.

by Kevin Lilly

Residents and visitors of Lewisburg will have to wait up to seven months longer to cross the bridge into town over the Wabash River.

Jack Isom Construction, the contractor restoring the Lewisburg bridge, failed to complete the project on time, reportedly because of weather conditions, and has asked for an extension until June 30, 2008. The bridge was scheduled to be finished Oct. 31.

Cass County Engineer Jodi Coblentz informed the commissioners on Monday that the highway department is fighting to get the extension request denied because officials believe Jack Isom Construction did not take all possible measures to ensure the project was completed on time.

“They are still working, but it’s still the same slow crew that we’ve had all summer,” Coblentz told commissioners.

At the meeting, Commissioner Steve Kain asked about weather and if it was possible to complete the bridge this year.

“It’s not so much the weather,” Coblentz said. “It’s just they have so much to do.”

Isom has yet to provide a sample of the custom concrete balusters for the bridge railing. The design and material must match 1913 style and get approved. Coblentz said they have been waiting over a year, and a bridge with no railing cannot be used.

“Without the bridge rails we cannot let traffic over it,” Coblentz said.

The bridge requires more than 800 balusters, none of which are installed.

Isom Construction has completed the north portion of deck on the bridge and a majority of the underneath. A crew is pouring concrete for the south portion of deck this week.

The $2 million project is 75.6 percent complete, according to the most recent progress report.

The company’s primary reason for being behind schedule is high water levels, cold temperatures and snow.

“This severely limited our ability to perform pier reconstruction or temporary supports,” wrote Bill Isom in the request letter dated Oct. 26.

From Nov. 13, 2006, through June 4, Isom Construction only worked a handful of hours, according to the request letter from the contractor.

“I have two of the best foreman in the state working this project but because of the restrictions due to design, water levels, cold temperature and redesign that were not within our control, I am asking for an extension to the completion date,” Isom wrote.

Coblentz said she saw this coming.

“We knew they weren’t going to meet it, but their schedule said they were,” Coblentz said. “They just didn’t follow their schedule.”

The county sent a letter to the Indiana Department of Transportation explaining why the extension should not be granted. INDOT has yet to respond, according to Coblentz.

In the meantime, project supervisor Casey Lynch responded to Jack Isom Construction in a letter dated Nov. 5 stating the extension to the contract would not be granted at this time. Lynch, who is employed by both the county and INDOT as quality control, instructed Isom what to include if he resubmitted the request.

The company is expected to explain why the project was scheduled to begin Sept. 5, 2006, but no one showed up to work on it until 61 days later. The county also wants to know what measures will be taken to regain those days and complete the project in a timely manner.

Currently payment is being withheld until a “complete and realistic” work schedule is submitted. Also, Jack Isom Construction began incurring liquidated damages at a rate of $1,500 per day on Nov. 1, which will accumulate until an extension is granted.

INDOT is aware of the contractor’s request. As of Thursday morning, they had not responded.

Besides inconvenience to residents, the delay is increasing the cost of the project, which is a big concern, says Coblentz.

Restoring the bridge is paid for through 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local bridge funds. Most engineering on the project was paid for with a transportation enhancement grant, which is used for historic bridges.

INDOT and the county will likely pass the extra expense along to Isom Construction, Coblentz said.

In September 2005, a portion of the 94-year-old span fell into the Wabash. The bridge is 452 feet long and has not been repaired since 1986. The restoration is designed to add at least 50 years of life to the bridge.

One of three

Engineers want to preserve the character of the 1913 bridge because of its historic significance.

“We’re restoring it to as close to as original 1913 as possible,” Coblentz said.

The Lewisburg bridge is the oldest of three Luten bridges remaining in the county and one of only 51 statewide. The other two are the old Cass Station Road Bridge over the Wabash, just west of the existing bridge on 600E, and the Third Street Bridge over the Eel River in Logansport.

The Luten arch was designed by Daniel Luten, an early 20th century bridge designer from Indiana who taught at Purdue University.

Coblentz said the Lewisburg bridge is endorsed by the National Landmark Historical Society, the National Registry of Historic Places and Historic Bridges of Indiana.

Kevin Lilly can be reached at (574) 732-5117, or via e-mail at kevin.lilly@pharostribune.com

Wabash River CR 825 East Bridge
Posted April 29, 2007, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)


I just happened to be in the neighborhood of this bridge today and saw new signs posted bridge out ahead. I could see machinery in the vicinity and thought that they must be removing the old bridge, though I couldn’t imagine why unless it had maybe fallen in more than it already had. This bridge has been closed for many years and the road it’s on doesn’t really see much traffic anyway. (There’s a new bridge just downstream from it) so I was quite surprised to see that the old railings and deck had been removed and wood forms were in place where the collapsed portion had been.


I found this very unusual, but I’m glad to see a historic bridge being repaired for a change rather than removed or replaced.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.