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Heckel Road Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in March 2009


BH Photo #136177


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Heckel Road Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Pratt through truss bridge over Bluegrass Creek on Heckel Road
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built in 1893 by the Columbus Bridge Company, rehabilitated in 1999
- Columbus Bridge Co.
8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 150.9 ft.
Total length: 154.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Vanderburgh County Bridge Number 76
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.03496, -87.48316   (decimal degrees)
38°02'06" N, 87°28'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/457599/4209803 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8200071 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17126 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • November 9, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 17, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 1, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • September 30, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder
  • March 31, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2009: New photos from J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Heckel Road Bridge
Posted October 22, 2020, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Still a fun little bridge to drive over. I usually do after church or after stopping at the nearby gas station.

Heckel Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

The SHAARD site lists this as demolished. Obviously not and thank goodness. I have noticed a few bridges on SHAARD that are considered demolished, like Rattlesnake Creek in Owen County and, until recently, Bruner Creek 1st street bridge. Anyone know why?

Heckel Road Bridge
Posted October 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It would definitely be tricky...

Heckel Road Bridge
Posted October 1, 2011, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

I guess the dismount sign is due to the mesh floor. Would cause a thin bicycle tire to skid, or blow?