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Red Mills Bridge


Photo taken by Tony Dillon in November 2012


BH Photo #267807


Street View 


This Luten designed bridge replaced a 2 span wrought iron bowstring bridge that had been damaged by a vehicle collision.


Lost concrete arch bridge over Sugar Creek on CR 400 North
Shelby County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built in 1927
- Daniel B. Luten (Designer)
- National Concrete Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana (Contractor)
Luten designed 4-span arch
Length of largest span: 64.9 ft.
Total length: 263.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Sugar Creek CR 400N Bridge
Old County Bridge #49
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.58250, -85.92139   (decimal degrees)
39°34'57" N, 85°55'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/592629/4381976 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7300049 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17030 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • November 3, 2015: New photo from Audrie Mallory
  • January 21, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added demo plans details.
  • October 6, 2013: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • October 24, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: This 4 span Luten arch bridge is doomed
  • October 19, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: This is a Luten designed arch bridge.
  • December 5, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • December 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added historic name
  • August 5, 2009: New photo from zach spencer



Red Mills Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by G. Moody (fishindiana [at] comcast [dot] net)

The FHWA database lists the bridge's date as 1920, according to a fellow in their Indianapolis office. Last inspected Feb. 2012, not fracture critical, rated 44.6 out of 100.

It's being torn down to make way for the southern leg of the "Outer Beltway" scheme; click on the link to the map at http://www.ibj.com/suburban-counties-slowly-building-outer-l...

Although the larger road project has both state and federal funding, the county seems to have jiggered the bridge replacement as locally funded, apparently in order to get around Section 106 requirements. Or so it seems from reports, what I find on INDOT's site, etc. I'm new around here so don't know the history. You sure don't get it in the local paper:

Fairland Road project slowly moves forward

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:05 AM US/eastern

C.M. Schmidlkofer, Staff writer

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $652,300 contract with Strand Associates, Inc., a Columbus-based

engineering consulting firm Monday for the fourth phase of the five-phase Fairland Road project.

State and federal funding for the project will reimburse the county $521,840, or 80 percent of the expense.

Commissioner David Mohr, D-North District, said in a telephone conversation after themeeting that work on the road,

which includes the Red Mills Bridge replacement, may start next year.

"The state will be handling all the bids," he said, which he expects will reach the state by February 2014.

The fourth phase of the project is planned from east of London Road to County Road 825 West, approximately one mile.

This phase will take about a year, Mohr said, due not only to replacing the 1927 concrete arch bridge which spans Sugar

Creek, but the re-alignment of London Road there due to the proximity of the road to the new bridge.

The state is requiring a site distance between the bridge and road of approximately 100 feet, Mohr said.

"It's the most expensive phase we have on Fairland Road," he said. "Because the bridge is a pretty good-sized bridge."

Conversely, the fifth and last phase, is only about a half-mile stretch of road.

Mohr said the entire project began in 2003 and was supposed to take only 15 years from start to finish.

The fourth phase has undergone several false starts.

Work was scheduled to begin in February, then extended to April. But there were problems securing right of ways at that date, causing further delays.

When the Red Mills Bridge is closed for repairs, there will be traffic issues, Mohr said.

"It will take a full year, easy," he said of the construction. "And thats going to be the bad part for the farmers and local people right in there. Fire trucks, emergency ambulances, the Sheriff's Department --it's really going to make a mess with traffic congestion."

C. M. Schmidlkofer is a staff writer of The Shelbyville News. She can be reached at cschmidlkofer@shelbynews.com

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Wrong bridge shown here.