It’s rare to encounter a truss bridge on an Indiana state highway. This one, built in 1912 and carrying only one lane of traffic on State Road 225 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, is the granddaddy of them all.

Bridge on State Road 225

Known locally as the Jewettsport Ford Bridge, this four-span Pratt through truss bridge stretches 641.6 feet across the Wabash River. It was restored in 1989, at which time the stoplights were placed at either end to control traffic. Before that, crossing this bridge often turned into a game of chicken.

Bridge on State Road 225

SR 225 is a minor highway, spanning just four miles to connect SR 43 in Battle Ground to an old alignment of SR 25, and to provide access to Prophetstown State Park. This highway’s low traffic volume has got to be key to this bridge’s survival.

Pentax ME, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A, Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 (at EI 200)

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17 responses to “The one-lane bridge on State Road 225”

  1. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    This is one place you have photographed around Lafayette that I have not been. Very cool!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a little off the beaten path!

  2. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    Very nice bridge. I’m surprised it lasted that long without any traffic control.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Me too!

  3. Ben Cotton Avatar

    My friends and I called it “Satan Bridge” due to the ominous look of the red lights on a foggy night. It’s particularly fun to approach from the east on a nigh with a shallow fog layer.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oooooo I’ll bet it’s very cool in the fog! It would make a great photographic subject then.

  4. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham

    Very cool!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  5. Heide Avatar

    I love these “off the beaten path” adventures, Jim! It reminds me a lot of the Nicollet Island Bridge in downtown Minneapolis — though yours is even better, because it’s only one lane wide.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s great joy to come upon a sight like this on a road trip!

  6. Kif Avatar

    I have seen a John Deere sprayer cross this bridge with inches to spare all around.

  7. Russ Ray Avatar

    I grew up near Battle Ground off of 43. This area always seemed to be closed a least a month out of the year because the river would flood. When I learned to drive, I don’t think that stoplight was there, so it used to scare me to death to cross it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh wow, what an interesting place to grow up! And I can’t imagine crossing that bridge before the stoplight.

      I grew up in South Bend. As a kid, US 31 was a four-lane road, but it was fairly new. People still talked about the one-lane bridge on old US 31 north of Rochester. Hard to believe that still existed as late as the early 1970s. The bridge was replaced in the 80s; one abutment remains:

      1. Russ Ray Avatar

        All the historical and cultural festivals that they had at the battlefield (Fiddlers, Steam & Power Show) and in WL at Fort Ouiatenon (Feast of the Hunter’s Moon) were really interesting growing up. I wish I hadn’t moved to Indy after they built Prophetstown. I still haven’t gotten to see it.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Oh man it’s not that long of a drive!

  8. Pat Kelly Avatar
    Pat Kelly

    I think that bridge is really cool and I hope they can fix it so you can still go over it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh, is it closed now?

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