Goodbye wooden bridge
This bridge no longer exists.
Longtime readers might remember that I explored all of the old alignments of US 50 across Indiana in 2010. This wooden bridge, built in about 1920, was on an original alignment of that highway in Jennings County, just west of North Vernon, until it was demolished this month. These photos are from my 2010 trip; read about my encounter with this bridge here.
This bridge carried what is now Base Road over CSX railroad tracks. I gather that the old bridge was actually owned by the railroad, and when it needed repairs CSX was slow to get to them, leaving it closed for long periods and making nearby residents go far out of their way to reach their homes. Commissioners in Jennings County weren’t sad to see it go. A new concrete bridge was built about a quarter mile to the east.
This demolition is part of a larger project to build a US 50 bypass around North Vernon. This bridge was near the bypass’s western end.
This bridge was a good example of the kinds of bridges railroad companies built at that time – and one of just a handful left in Indiana.
See photos of North Vernon, including
a now-endangered US 50 shield, here.