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Main Street Overpass


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


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Unique laced endposts and top chords. There was possible railroad involvement in the building of this bridge. The bridge was known in the community as the Overhead bridge.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Penn-Central Railroad on Main Street (SR 229)
Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana
Road level crossing built on a new alignment and old bridge removed.
Built 1906
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 101.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.2 ft.
Also called
Main Street SR 229 Bridge
NYC Bridge #303
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.29342, -85.22726   (decimal degrees)
39°17'36" N, 85°13'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/652873/4350836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44402 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added common local name
  • March 12, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon



Overhead Bridge
Posted September 28, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unfortunate that this bridge was removed. It appears to be a mid 1880s through truss bridge, originally designed for railroad use.

Main Street SR 229 Bridge
Posted March 22, 2010, by Rocky Rococco (rockyr74 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this was a beautiful old bridge that framed the steeple of the St. Louis Catholic Church as you came into town from the south. It could have been left in place.

Main Street SR 229 Bridge
Posted March 13, 2010, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced by a regular railroad crossing hundreds of feet away in like 1990 or so. This is another bridge that could have been left in place. Travelers should expect long delays now because of increased rail traffic.