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US 40 Wabash River Bridge



View South, Elevation Of Bridge - East Portion

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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Lost Deck truss bridge over Wabash River on US 40 in Terre Haute
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
Replaced by two new bridges
Built 1905; rehabilitated 1973; replaced in 1992
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- J.E.Starbuck
- Lafayette Engineering Co. of Lafayette, Indiana
- Malverd A. Howe
Deck plate girders used for roadway with Pratt deck trusses used for walkways
Length of largest span: 122.1 ft.
Total length: 815.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46667, -87.42167   (decimal degrees)
39°28'00" N, 87°25'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/463728/4368650 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Terre Haute
Inventory numbers
INNBI 013590 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 43890 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1988)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 3.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2010: New Street View added by Sheldon
  • November 24, 2010: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 6, 2010: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • February 27, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • January 19, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed design to show that this was a plate girder bridge with added Pratt deck trusses on the outsides.
  • January 19, 2010: Updated by Jim Grey: Marked as replaced. This bridge was replaced by twin spans in 1992.
  • January 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: HAER data and categories


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER IN-64 - Wabash River Bridge, Spanning Wabash River at U.S. Highway 40, Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN
  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Sheldon Wiens


US 40 Wabash River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail)

This bridge was a unique combination of plate girders that were used for the roadway, and Pratt deck trusses added on each side to carry the walkways. The curved lower chords of these trusses added greatly to the appearance. This was another landmark span that has disappeared forever.

US 40 Wabash River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was demolished, and then replaced by the current Dresser and Dreiser bridges in 1992.

I drove over this bridge many times in its last few years of existence and remember it looking to be in bad shape.

The first image below is of this bridge, from a postcard postmarked 1912. The second image is of the bridge that preceded it.