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Central Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in February 2009


BH Photo #156144


Street View 


Stone arch bridge over Fall Creek on Central Avenue in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge which incorporates some of the former bridge's spandrel wall stones and railing stones.
Built 1900
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 215.8 ft.
Deck width: 38.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80556, -86.14944   (decimal degrees)
39°48'20" N, 86°08'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/572809/4406522 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4900143 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16542 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 83 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (12,238)
Built 1900 (920)
Built during 1900s (7,337)
Deck arch (11,476)
Have street view (27,127)
Indiana (4,945)
Indianapolis, Indiana (176)
Lost (25,256)
Marion County, Indiana (216)
Owned by city (5,547)
Replaced by new bridge (16,998)
Select (530)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,464)
Stone arch (3,098)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,296)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2020: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • September 23, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • April 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • February 23, 2010: New photos from J.P.



Central Avenue Bridge
Posted September 23, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My previous comments about this bridge being rehabilitated were incorrect. Like the nearby Melan arch, this bridge has been DEMOLISHED AND REPLACED despite its status as a SELECT bridge. This is now a modern concrete arch bridge, with a stone fascia composed of a MODERN STONE arch ring, and salvaged stones from the historic bridge placed atop of the modern arch ring. The railings are also salvaged stone. So basically the only thing original on this bridge is some of the railing and spandrel wall.

Central Avenue Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Repair/Rehab Project Appears To Be Planned:

LETTING DATE: 11/16/2016