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Arkansas Road Bridge


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Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in October 2007


BH Photo #115799



Arkansas Road Bridge

Mike Daffron

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ALTERATIONS: County commissioners built a Kingpost around a deteriorated Cantilever bridge, c.1950. The Cantilever's original trusses were reduced to guardrails at that time. The truss legs and driven I-beams with timber or slab stone which once retained the earthen banks have now been buried in a concrete substructure, too.(SHAARD)


Through truss bridge over Robb Creek on Arkansas Road in Hazleton
Hazleton, Gibson County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1896; rehabilitated 1950, 1987
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Kingpost through truss
Deck truss
Span length: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.48888, -87.54895   (decimal degrees)
38°29'20" N, 87°32'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/452125/4260201 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 2600311 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 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: 17.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 16, 2020: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • January 12, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 29, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 1, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • June 23, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge is closed, probably permanently
  • December 14, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 5, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • March 27, 2010: New photo from James Simmons
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Year Built, Builder and Design
  • June 22, 2008: Updated by Robert Stephenson: removed a category


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Simmons - james [at] simmons [dot] net
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted January 12, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Yes, we drove across it today after we walked Hazleton.

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted January 12, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Alright, Melissa! Great to see this up and going. I am shocked, being it looked so pitiful last time I saw it!!

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All original material has been lost on this bridge anyway. The remains of the Indiana Bridge Co. truss seen in the B&W photos have been removed per more recent photos.

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted June 23, 2018, by Anonymous

If there is any good news in all this lot, at least this bridge is in Indiana which means that there is a reasonable chance that it will be preserved if at all possible.

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted June 23, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't think a welding torch'll fix this one. Don't look like it will be repaired. East end obviously collapsed, but looks like the west side was purposely busted through, maybe to keep four wheelers off it. There is no reason to repair this guy because it is basically an alley. The area floods so much too. The house on the west side now looks deserted.

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Basically Robert!

This might better be called "Frankenbridge Vs. The Warren Cantilever Bedstead"... And unfortunately the very rare and unique bedstead lost!

Might also label this one... "Hey, hold my beer and watch what I can do with these steel beams and a welding torch!".

Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Arkansas Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

For the record, this is one of the more unique through truss bridges I've ever seen - I'm not sure what design it's based on but it's unlike any of the through trussers I've come across.

Oh, in some of these pics, the old US 41 bridge over the White River is looming in the background; if anyone has some pics of the old US 41 bridge on tap, or hasn't gotten them uploaded yet, they should since it's a pretty beautiful bridge in its own right.