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Washington Road Bridge



Photo taken Spring 2006 by Dan Reitmeyer

BH Photo #102866



Washington Road Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Three-span Pratt through truss bridge over White River on Washington Road.
Knox County, Indiana, and Daviess County, Indiana
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1903; rehabilitated 2006 and 2017
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
8-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses (3 spans)
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 421.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 20, 2006
Also called
Knox County Bridge #45
Wheatland Bridge
Old Vincennes Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.67975, -87.27254   (decimal degrees)
38°40'47" N, 87°16'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/476294/4281273 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4200150 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 06000856 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 16469 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2020: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • July 25, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 19, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 29, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 19, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 9, 2017: Updated by Mike Daffron: Rehabilitated 2017
  • August 28, 2010: New photos from Jim Grey
  • March 27, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Adjusted GPS and added to design
  • October 14, 2009: Updated by J.P.: updated other location
  • March 27, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Builder, NRHP info and Alternate name
  • December 4, 2006: Posted photo from Dan Reitmeyer


  • Dan Reitmeyer
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com


Washington Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this bridge looks damn good! Name plates are back and it is quite the place to visit!

Washington Road Bridge
Posted January 18, 2018, by Dan Reitmeyer (danr [at] clrincgrp [dot] com)

This bridge has now undergone some major improvements, along with some road realignment. The Knox county side roadway has been cut down considerably and that dirt moved to the Daviess county side and the road alignment there completely changed to address traffic better. The bridge has been raised almost 3 feet on the Knox county side to allow traffic to cross without impacting the end of the bridge so hard. The entire bridge has been painted a two tone gray and is really a beautiful bridge again.

Washington Road Bridge
Posted February 27, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO>COM)

If you look real closely at the 1923 State Highway Map from the I.U. library website and blow it up to aprox. + 600% you'll notice that old US 50 (called S.R.5) leaves Washington and goes about 4-5 miles to the Northwest. After the old highway crosses the river it goes in a SW direction into Wheatland and follows Old Wheatland Road in to the northeast side of Vincennes. I would bet money that this is the old US 50 Bridge since the three span bridge (US 50) that was built in 1930 was about 4 miles due west of downtown Washington. Last summer I canoed the White River in this area and did not see any evidence of any bridge structures/foundations except the present CSX (old B&O) Railroad Bridge.

Washington Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm basing my thinking on a set of Indiana highway maps available online at IU here:


The early maps show what became US 50 (old SR 5) following a path different from 50's current alignment. The shape of the old alignment, as represented on those maps in such tiny scale, fits a series of roads that includes this road and this bridge. I'm making some guesses, but I think they're good ones.

Washington Road Bridge
Posted August 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You might well be on to something there Jim! I have always kinda thought this bridge was on a strange road alignment, and that may explain it's odd positioning.

Washington Road Bridge
Posted August 28, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

My research isn't conclusive, but I believe that this bridge once carried US 50, along its first Knox County alignment.

White River SE 800S Bridge
Posted March 26, 2006, by Anonymous

Can you send some pictures of it?

White River SE 800S Bridge
Posted March 26, 2006, by Anonymous

Can you send some pictures of it?

White River SE 800S Bridge
Posted March 23, 2006, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge is undergoing repairs to the deck at the present time, we are putting a new metal grid deck in place of the wooden floor that was on it. We have also put new steel stringer beams on it at this time. The county plans to rehab the entire bridge in a couple years.