3 votes

McConnell Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #115560



History In Your Own Backyard


Camelback through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 275 North
Shelby County, Indiana
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1915
9-panel, bolted Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 153.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Bridge #41
Sugar Creek CR 275N Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.56417, -85.93806   (decimal degrees)
39°33'51" N, 85°56'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/591221/4379924 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7300041 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17029 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1915 (1,250)
Built during 1910s (9,880)
Camelback truss (402)
Closed (2,732)
Indiana (5,040)
NR-eligible (4,070)
Non-Select (300)
One-lane traffic (7,710)
Owned by county (21,380)
Shelby County, Indiana (62)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,342)
Through truss (16,236)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,076)
Truss (34,655)

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added build date per Melissa's article.
  • June 20, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • June 29, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 8, 2018: Updated by Mike Daffron: Closed. Hopefully temporarily
  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name
  • July 19, 2010: New photos from Ed Hollowell



McConnell Ford Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, me Too !

McConnell Ford Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love the 'History In Your Own Backyard' Youtube channel! Especially the bridge segments!!

McConnell Ford Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The Evening Star

December 2 1915

Documentation as to the age of the bridge

McConnell Ford Bridge
Posted July 3, 2018, by Audry

This bridge has been closed with no reopening in the foreseeable future closure 10/5/2017