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Patoka River Bridge CR 350 E


Photo taken by J.P. in June 2009


BH Photo #140026


Through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 350 East
Pike County, Indiana
replaced by another bridge
Built 1915; rehabilitated 1990; Replaced 2016
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 111.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Pike County Bridge #147
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36722, -87.21056   (decimal degrees)
38°22'02" N, 87°12'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/481606/4246581 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6300100 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16855 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 1, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Added County bridge number
  • November 24, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Updated history
  • November 19, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Bridge has been replaced
  • January 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • October 21, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status pending
  • May 9, 2009: New photos from J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Patoka River Bridge
Posted November 21, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Indiana has a rather remarkable Bridge Management plan. Note this bridge was categorized as "Non-Select" this is a polite way of saying "Death Sentence" supposedly they still do Section 106 but its likely a farce. In contrast if a bridge is lucky enough to be "Select" then preservation is nearly certain. I say "nearly" because in Indianapolis, they were able to bypass this designation to demolish a rare Melan concrete arch. But most of the time "Select" bridges are saved. Its a good system with the exception that some bridges for which preservation was clearly feasible and prudent, were nevertheless classified as "Non-Select." This bridge is a great example... it is noteworthy as a pin-connected truss, and it was feasible to restore. Yet it still got the "Non-Select" death sentence.

Patoka River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, the bowstring might end up in another county. I just want to see it saved and restored (incl. removing added junk) before it is lost!

Only existing Smith Bridge Co. bowstring!!!

Patoka River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sorry, JP. Game over here. It also appears that Pike County may be attempting to sell off the Patoka River Bowstring bridge. Brazil, in Clay County Indiana reports their interest. Oh crap!!

Patoka River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don't give up hope, JP. Maybe they will get it together and get this baby up and going!. My mom grew up down the road from here and thinks they will.

Patoka River Bridge
Posted May 12, 2009, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm very disapointed in Pike county currently. They have removed one Through Truss on Merdian Road and will soon be removing this through truss. A sad sad day. But a little ray of hope three bridges over near oakland city are still there and strong. Including one gourgeous Whipple Truss built in 1876. But as for this bridge, I'm happy i got to see it before the county go to it. So dissapointing.