This bridge is an eight panel through truss with 18.5 feet of vertical clearance. It is a traditionally composed example of its kind which has become increasingly uncommon in Indiana. The bridge, which sits on fairly tall concrete abutments which offers a good deal of height above the river, retains good historic integrity including original railings. The bottom chord retains integrity, but has been supplemented with post-tensioning in the form of cable.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Riveted Pratt through spans are not common in Indiana. The crafting of the verticals and the placement of the floor beams are also interesting. The bridge retains its original members, including the latticed guardrails.
Seated upon concrete abutments and wingwalls, this riveted Pratt through span extends 140' in eight panels. Crafted I beams provide the intermediate verticals, and a pair of angles riveted together with battens supplies the diagonals and counters. Only the two most central panels are countered. The I floor beams are riveted to the verticals and gussets above the lower chord. The bridge carries an asphalt and metal pan deck with a 16' roadway and 18'6" of vertical clearance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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