This bridge is one of a number of remaining concrete deck arch bridges in South Bend. This one is significant for documented association with federal aid as a part of Depression-era programs. Plaques remain on the bridge, listing the road as Angela Avenue and displaying the Public Works Administration. These plaques are a standard design that came from the federal level, and were used on many Depression-era bridges, including Elkhart's Bridge Street Bridge, which was also built by the same contactor. The Indian Trail Bridge in St. Clair County, Michigan also used these plaques, demonstrating that the plaque design was a federal standard, and not restricted to a particular state.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The Federal Government made it possible for Saint Joseph County to build this structure. Designed by a leading regional engineer, it was one of the very few bridges to be constructed in South Bend during the Depression. It is quite long and unusually well decorated. The bridge retains its architectural and structural integrity.
As the Great Depression gripped the United States,
Indiana's counties increasingly shifted their inadequate resources from
construction to welfare. Many counties stopped building bridges
altogether. The cities were more likely to continue a limited program of
construction on high-priority sites. This bridge is one of approximately
two dozen reinforced concrete filled-spandrel arches built in Indiana
cities from 1930-1941. In this case the Federal Works Agency of the
Public Works Administration underwrote the cost of construction.
Two bridge plates:
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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