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Hawkins Mill Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer

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BH Photo #110152

Map 

Video 

Pinnock Ferry Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Description 

Bridge was believed to have been relocated from the old State Road 37 crossing of the Patoka just to the North of here. Although no documentation has been found to confirm this, a set of cut stone abutments does remain at that site next to the current bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 850 South
Location
Orange County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company and later relocated here.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
8-panel, Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 104.3 ft.
Total length: 106.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #103
Owl Hollow Bridge
Patoka River CR 850S Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.43323, -86.45250   (decimal degrees)
38°25'60" N, 86°27'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/547784/4254026 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Valeene
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
150
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5900071 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16753 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • September 6, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 13, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 12, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 19, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name
  • July 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • September 15, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Name
  • June 27, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder and truss type

Sources 

Comments 

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted June 9, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mike,

Thanks for getting out there and providing us an update.

It appears that the inspectors should have been out there in May according to the last inspection date.

I'm not overly optimistic that it was addressed since you were there in June. Hopefully someone is planning on getting this repaired. It would be a shame if the truss fell off the abutment and was damaged.

Thanks again,

Mike

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Mike,

Thanks for checking on this... it is alarming that nothing has changed especially since we now know its been like this for over a year.

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just visited today and unfortunately it has not been addressed and it is still open.

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted May 26, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I will see if I can get out there this weekend

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted May 26, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow, that is a serious issue with that bearing. I certainly hope it has been addressed by now. I know something like this would certainly trigger a critical finding here in Oregon.

Updated photos from a local would be greatly appreciated by this old bridge inspector.

Hawkins Mill Bridge
Posted May 26, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I visited this bridge May 28, 2019 and tonight in adding this bridge to HistoricBridges.org I was reminded of a disturbing condition I found at this bridge: the southeast cast iron bearing was sliding/slipping off the back of the abutment (the abutment is broken in this area) and the bearing was sitting at an angle. If anyone visits this bridge, I would be curious to know if the county has addressed this serious problem (which could severely damage the bridge or worse if it completely slips off the abutment) or if perhaps the bridge has been closed to traffic.

Pinnick Ferry Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by Miles Flynn (mrhflynn [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did a newspaper story here several years ago on some of the county's historic bridges, and I was told that this bridge was moved a short distance to this location after previously carrying what's now State Road 37 over the Patoka River. I don't know when this would've been, though. You can still see the abutments of an older bridge alongside the new highway bridge.

Pinnick Ferry Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by Miles Flynn (mrhflynn [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did a newspaper story here several years ago on some of the county's historic bridges, and I was told that this bridge was moved a short distance to this location after previously carrying what's now State Road 37 over the Patoka River. I don't know when this would've been, though. You can still see the abutments of an older bridge alongside the new highway bridge.