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Mill Grove Bridge


Barrel shot

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2009


BH Photo #145526


Mill Grove Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Through truss bridge over Mill Creek on CR 100 East (Tower Road)
Owen County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Rehabilitated 2005
- Rochester Bridge Co. of Rochester, Indiana (Thru truss)
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana (Pony truss)
Main span: Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Approach: Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 122.3 ft.
Total length: 193.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Owen #14
Mill Creek Bridge
Tower Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.44111, -86.75583   (decimal degrees)
39°26'28" N, 86°45'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/521010/4365757 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6000014 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16790 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
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: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2019: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge has been repaired and open to all traffic
  • October 6, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • August 19, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge is currently closed to all traffic. Hopefully it will be repaired soon.
  • September 10, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • December 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name
  • January 25, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon



Mill Grove Bridge
Posted October 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I'm not sure where the Massillon label came from, but I corrected the builders info.

Mill Grove Bridge
Posted October 22, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to James Cooper's notes, the through truss actually was built by Rochester and the pony truss is a Vincennes product. I am not sure why Massillon is listed on Bridgehunter?


Mill Grove Bridge
Posted February 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Herein lies the problem when you have a metal grate deck combined with salt truck drivers that don't know to stop salting before they get to the bridge. At least when you have a wooden floor the salt actually helps preserve the wood and it doesn't fall directly on the floor beams and stringers.

From looking at Carl's photo from underneath I see where this will be an ongoing problem until something changes.

Mill Grove Bridge
Posted December 2, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the bridge today. Looks like repair is moving along quickly. Looks like there were a few I-beam replacements.

Mill Grove Bridge
Posted August 19, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge currently closed. A local told me that an I-beam had rusted through, and they were told that bridge would be repaired. Hope so!!

Mill Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Wayne....I agree!

CLR-The firm that rehabilitated this structure, does an outstanding job on historic truss bridges. I worked as an inspector on the Hays Bridge in Hancock County, Indiana that they restored, and they were a pleasure to work with. They do excellent work, and are competitive on their bids.

Some other examples of their work include the Boner Road Bridge in Warrick Co., the New Pekin Bridge in Washington Co., the Jackson and Zacke Cox Covered Bridges in Parke Co., and the Buschings Covered Bridge in Ripley Co. to name a few.

Keep up the good work CLR!!

Mill Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] caleone [dot] net)

Thanks for all the info and pictures on the Indiana bridges Dan. Your company does good work and you have a great job.

Mill Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2009, by Dan Reitmeyer (dan [at] clrconstruction [dot] com)

Here is some updated pics of this bridge

Mill Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2007, by Dan Reitmeyer (danreitmeyer [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge has been totally rehabilitated and re-aligned to make a curve safer at the ends of the bridge