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Sand Creek US 31 Bridge



Photo taken by James McCray in August 2007


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Through truss bridge over Sand Creek on US 31
Jackson County, Indiana, and Bartholomew County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement contract letting 12/9/2015
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1995; Demolished 2016
Two riveted, 10-panel Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 174.8 ft.
Total length: 353.6 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06361, -85.83278   (decimal degrees)
39°03'49" N, 85°49'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/600982/4324483 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 009210 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16352 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 29, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 28, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 27, 2016: New photo from cory coffey
  • December 16, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 18, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Cory A Coffey
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Sand Creek US 31 Bridge
Posted November 7, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I passed over the daggone UCEB today and noticed an old stone abutment to the east. It very well could have been that of an older metal truss bridge removed in the 30s. I don't remember word of any covered bridge on the Jackson/Bartholomew County line except the one paired with Reddington.

Sand Creek US 31 Bridge
Posted May 12, 2016, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to The Republic (Columbus, IN) in Sundays paper the bridge was to be removed on Monday, May 9th.

Sand Creek US 31 Bridge
Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

After several years of rumors about its demise the U.S. 31 Bridge will face demolition in April of 2016. This was the lead story in the (Columbus) Republic's front page on Thursday Jan. 21. INDOT said it will be replaced with a 382 ft. concrete beam structure by Nov. of 2016. Only a few years ago the S.R. 3 Bridge was also replaced over Sand Creek in Jennings County.