Film Photography, Road Trips

The one-lane bridge on State Road 225

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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15 thoughts on “The one-lane bridge on State Road 225

  1. 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.

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  2. Heide says:

    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.

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  3. Russ Ray says:

    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.

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    • 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: https://blog.jimgrey.net/2012/01/16/preserving-the-old-bridge-abutment/

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      • Russ Ray says:

        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.

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