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John Pectol Road Bridge



There are two Pony Truss bridges on John Pectol Road. The other bridge is about a mile and a half east of this bridge. This bridge is a "Bedstead" Pony truss.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Bedstead pony truss bridge over Big Indian Creek on John Pectol Road
Floyd County, Indiana
Built 1915
- East St. Louis Bridge Co. of East St. Louis, Illinois
- Illinois Steel Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Bedstead Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Total length: 85.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Floyd County Bridge #23
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.33944, -85.98306   (decimal degrees)
38°20'22" N, 85°58'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/588872/4243967 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 2200022 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16105 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 8, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added bridge number
  • May 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status
  • June 17, 2012: Updated by J.P.: bridge is closed and scheduled for replacement.
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Riveted"
  • June 5, 2010: New photos from Carol Butleer
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 4, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Carol Butler - cbutler1467 [at] gmail [dot] com
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  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted May 9, 2013, by Lane V. (eerieindianablog [at] gmail [dot] com)

I went to check on the status of the bridge yesterday with a friend, and it now can be confirmed that the bridge has been removed. I've included photos for confirmation below. The last photo is the sign from the county about the pending status of the bridge, which was seemingly just thrown on to the bank of the creek during the removal. Classy.

John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted April 8, 2013, by Shawn Ward (wildcatfanshawn [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Contracted issued last week for removal and replacement. Sad to see the historic bridge go but it's time was here. She was dangerous and a traffic impediment.

John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2012, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I read in the Historic Bridge report for 2011 that Borden has an interest in this bridge for a community park, curious if anyone else has heard anything. Its status is still pending on the marketing sight.


John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted June 17, 2012, by J.P.

Bridge did not seem too bad off as of yet. there is a lot of rust packs, and spots where rust has eaten through the truss. I figured it would be good to get up there and get some last shots before the bridge is removed, so i went a little photo crazy.

John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted May 17, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is indeed a Warren bedstead that has it's legs buried in concrete.

John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted May 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth

This does not look like a bedstead to me. Or are the legs encased in concrete?

John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted May 16, 2012, by Frankie Vannier

Sad news for bridge lovers... The bridge will be replaced later this year with a completion date set in 2013. At least we were spared a couple extra years as this bridge was originally to have been replaced by 2008.


John Pectol Road Bridge
Posted March 7, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

An article in the Louisville Courier Journal (Feb. 2011) said the bridge will be replaced in 2012 by designs for a ''concrete bridge with steel beams in the roadbed or with upright trusses similar to the existing ones''. The article did not state what would be the fate of the old John Pectol Bridge. Presently, it is closed with a pile of gravel on both ends but I witnessed cars bypassing the gravel and driving over the bridge.

John Pectol Road Bridge (Floyd County Bridge 23)
Posted June 5, 2010, by Carol Butler (cbutler1467 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Information on this bridge was obtained from "Floyd County: Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Interim Report, 2nd edition, 2008" compiled by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaelogy (ISBN 1-889235-29-6}, available at New Albany - Floyd County Library in New Albany.