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Barnard Bridge

Putnam County Bridge 45 / Hendricks County Bridge 264

Barnard Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 8, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
County Line Road (CR-900 East) Over Big Walnut Creek
Rural: Hendricks County, Indiana and Putnam County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
140 Feet (42.7 Meters)
Structure Length
141 Feet (42.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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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.

Architectural Description

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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