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State Hospital Entrance Bridge



Photo taken by Mark Gish

BH Photo #102834



Concrete arch bridge over the Madison Railroad at Madison State Hospital, just off IN 7
Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana
Open to one-lane light traffic
Built 1930
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 35.7 ft.
Total length: 56.7 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75448, -85.39710   (decimal degrees)
38°45'16" N, 85°23'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/639279/4290751 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clifty Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 060360 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16388 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 10, 2006: Posted photos from Mark Gish


State Hospital Entrance Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by Luke

It is.

This link has another image of the bridge featuring the balustrade railing: http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Madison_State_...

State Hospital Entrance Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This might be the same bridge shown in a Daniel Luten catalog. If so, it dates to 1921 and used to look a lot nicer with balustrade railings.

State Hospital Entrance Bridge
Posted January 22, 2010, by Mark Gish (gishm [at] roadrunner [dot] com)

The Bridge is not closed. It is open on weekdays during daylight hours.

State Hospital Entrance Bridge
Posted December 28, 2009, by James Norwood

Sad to hear it is now closed. Interesting to note that it passes over the former highest mainline railroad grade in the US. The Madison Railroad's unused track is on a 5.89% grade. It was part of the very first railroad line in Indiana, the "Madison and Indianapolis Railroad" and first featured mule drawn carriages and cable drawn carriages before switching to steam engines. One noted steam engine that was built and used solely on "the hill" is the "Rueban Wells" which today resides within the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The line eventually came under control of the Pennsylvania Railroad and later Penn Central. Again, the PRR had two special diesel engines built solely for this grade and only one of them survives today. Today, the tracks are still there, but silent. Madison Railroad runs right to the top of the hill to serve a customer today and no farther.

State Hospital Entrance Bridge
Posted November 28, 2007, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed to all traffic.