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Lye Creek CR 475E Bridge


Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.


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BH Photo #157527



This shows the original location of the bridge before it was moved to Indianapolis.


Pony truss bridge over Lye Creek on CR 475 East,now relocated to Indianapolis.
Montgomery County, Indiana
Relocated and road vacated at bridge site.
Built in 1879 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company; moved to indianapolis in 1999
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt bedstead pony truss
Length of largest span: 70.8 ft.
Total length: 88.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Former County Bridge #57
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.11959, -86.81472   (decimal degrees)
40°07'11" N, 86°48'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/515787/4441047 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1994)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5400043 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16680 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Lattice Railing"
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added GPS coordinates for original location of bridge
  • April 4, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • October 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon



Lye Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Me too Brad!

Had it been solely up to Montgomery County, both this span and the Big Jim Bowstring would have likely been lost. Fortunately, Indianapolis needed a couple of bridges for use over the Central Canal and looked for historic spans instead of MOB's.

Lye Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2012, by Brad Brown (browncharles1977 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Love to see that this bridge was saved! It was a big part of my childhood. I grew up on 550 East a mile or so from this bridge and watched as it aged. Live on Lye creek bridge!

Lye Creek Bridge
Posted October 5, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Very , very nice. Love that blue color. I wish more states would follow Indiana's example when it comes to historic bridge preservation.