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Jewettsport Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall


BH Photo #115728


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Wabash River on IN 225
Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Built 1912; rehabilitated 1989
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana (fabricator)
- Lafayette Engineering Co. of Lafayette, Indiana (designer and erector)
(4)8-panel, riveted Pratt through truss spans
Length of largest span: 157.8 ft.
Total length: 641.6 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Indiana State Highway Bridge #225-79-4016F
Wabash River SR 225 Bridge
Prophetstown Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.49528, -86.82306   (decimal degrees)
40°29'43" N, 86°49'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/514994/4482745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lafayette East
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 029150 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17111 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 10.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 28, 2021: Updated by Jeff Wieland: Based on comments, the bridge is open
  • June 15, 2021: Updated by Jeff Wieland: Closed indefinitely
  • October 15, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • December 14, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new category "Stoplight Controlled"
  • January 21, 2011: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • June 27, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jeff Wieland


Jewettsport Ford Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is open

Jewettsport Ford Bridge
Posted June 15, 2021, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been temporarily closed while damage caused by trucks that are over the 12 ton limit is evaluated. It was being used by traffic detouring around an I-65 closure caused by a fatal accident involving a Greyhound bus.


Jewettsport Ford Bridge
Posted January 9, 2014, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

From: http://www.jconline.com/article/20140109/NEWS/301090025/Weig...

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that a weight limit restriction of 12-tons, as well as a 10 mph speed, has been placed on the Indiana 225 Bridge over the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County.

Based upon a recent inspection of the bridge, INDOT has determined that vehicles weighing over 12-tons are not allowed to travel on the structure.

Officials said the bridge’s current conditions is the reason for the restriction.

Signs reading “Weight Limit 12 Tons” have been posted on both sides of the bridge. The signs are also at the intersection of Indiana 43 and Indiana 225, and the intersection of Old Indiana 25 and Indiana 225.

INDOT is looking into options for repairs.

Jewettsport Ford Bridge
Posted January 28, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

What's really remarkable is that a one-lane bridge remains on a state highway!

Wabash River IN 225 Bridge
Posted January 20, 2008, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was quite a bit of controversy about this bridge before the 1989 rehabilitation. The state wanted to close it, but the locals prevailed to have it repaired. Before the stop lights were installed, it used to be quite a game of "chicken" to get across -- the eastern approach is very steep, and you can't see if there's an approaching vehicle on the bridge until you are nearly on it yourself!

In addition to the Davis Ferry bridge, there used to be two more similar one-lane bridges nearby -- one just north at Americus, and one south of Lafayette called the Granville bridge. Both have been replaced.

Wabash River IN 225 Bridge
Posted October 11, 2007, by Chris Light (cjkadj [at] juno [dot] com)


Alvin C. Baker

George Shelby

Grant Holwerda

County Commissioners

Built by

Lafayette Engineering Co.

GPS: 40.495477,-86.823299

1 4 spans (north face from the east) notice traffic lights to control two-way traffic on a single lane bridge.

2 east span (1 of 4)

3 East approach

4 Dedication plaque

5 Single lane traffic

6 Joint closeup

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Wabash River IN 225 Bridge
Posted June 1, 2007, by Anthony Dillons (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is known as the Jewettsport Ford Bridge.

Wabash River IN 225 Bridge
Posted May 31, 2007, by Anonymous

Its quite an awesome bridge still open to traffic. I guess it is kept strong enough for all legal loads. I'd say to check out this bridge except don't walk on it due to traffic. Leave the walking to the bypassed Davis Ferry Bridge just south of Battleground going into Lafayette.

Wabash River IN 225 Bridge
Posted December 15, 2006, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Its a one lane bridge on an Indiana State Highway system controlled by traffic signals. Apparently the state has taken great care of this bridge and it appears sturdy. There is also the three span through truss Davis Ferry Road Bridge just north of Lafayette over the Wabash. It is closed to vehicles, but does not appear abandoned. I think there may also be a park at the bridge too.