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Monterey Bridge (1948)


Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer


BH Photo #110130


Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Replaced a WIBCo. Pratt through truss built in 1879.

A possible factor in this bridge being preserved was the identification of a colony of endangered Clubshell Mussels found in the river below. The bypass bridge had to be built with only one span to avoid interfering with their habitat.



Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 625 East in Monterey
Monterey, Pulaski County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians only, New UCEB built on East side of this structure.
Future prospects
To be bypassed with a new bridge in 2013. According to project plans this bridge will apparently be left standing next to its replacement and is to be used for pedestrians.
Built 1948
- Boyd E. Phelps Co. of Michigan City, Indiana
- Indiana State Highway Commission (Design)
- Ruckman-Hansen Co. of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Riveted polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 132.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Clubshell Mussel Bridge (Whimsical name)
Pulaski Bridge #291
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.15861, -86.48194   (decimal degrees)
41°09'31" N, 86°28'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543464/4556493 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6600152 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16900 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Tweaked builder name; all Ruckman-Hansen spans are now in one category
  • March 14, 2021: New video from Mike Daffron
  • October 3, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • June 28, 2020: New photos from Jen Savage
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Builders per Dr. James Cooper Database
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by James Norwood: updated status
  • September 27, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is to be bypassed.

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Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I added a little information about the critically endangered (and thus federally protected) Clubshell Mussels. A colony was found to be living in the stream below this bridge, and may have even played a part in it's preservation. The new bridge had to be built as a single-span to prevent construction work in the stream.

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the photos Jen !

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great pix, Jen! Pulaski Co is one of my future/soon destinations. Glad to see it still in place

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this bridge yesterday totally by chance. So glad to see they kept this lovely bridge when they built the new one beside it. Took some photos, which I will add soon!

Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted August 13, 2013, by J. Denton

The truss bridge is being replaced and a new bridge is being built beside it.