The Herald Bulletin

May 5, 2013

Indiana closes park's flood-damaged suspension bridge


The Associated Press

BLOOMINGDALE, Ind. — Recent flooding that damaged a western Indiana park's nearly century-old suspension bridge has prompted state officials to close the 200-foot-long span to the public.

The state Department of Natural Resources says April flooding along Sugar Creek caused significant structural damage to Turkey Run State Park's suspension bridge. The DNR says its staff is studying how to make the bridge about 50 miles west of Indianapolis safe once again for public use.

The bridge was built in 1918, two years after Turkey Run became a state park, and is supported by steel cables anchored to a 50-ton concrete tower. The bridge links the park's developed area with its popular hiking trails that snake through sandstone canyons and forested areas in a nature preserve.