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Angela Boulevard Bridge

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Angela Boulevard Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Angela Boulevard Over St. Joseph River
South Bend: St. Joseph County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: H. L. Maddocks Company and Engineer/Design: William S. Moore

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
80 Feet (24 Meters)
Structure Length
257 Feet (78 Meters)
Roadway Width
39.7 Feet (12.1 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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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.

Architectural Description

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.

William S. Moore and F.J. Miller designed this 268' structure, and H.L. Maddocks Company built it. It consists of three 80' spans with rather flat three-centered rings springing from about 12' up on the piers. Cantilevered 3' beyond the spandrel walls, brackets support the sidewalks which flank the 38'10" asphalt-over-concrete roadway. Coped and balustraded parapet walls enclose the deck's sides. The piers are also decorated.

Two bridge plates:
1] "Board of County Commissioners / 1940 / Leo Casaday, J.M. Bowen, W.G. Eckler / County Auditor - N.A. Muszer / County Attorney - George Sands / County Engineer - T.J. Dumont / Engineers - William S. Moore, F.J. Miller / Contractor - H.L. Maddocks Co."
2] "Angela Boulevard Bridge / Reconstructed 2003 / St. Joseph County, Indiana / Commissioners: Mark A. Dobson - Dist. 1; Beverly D. Crone - Dist. 2; David L. Niezgodski, Cynthia A. Bodle - Dist. 3; Joseph F. Nagy, Michael C. Eby - Auditor; Susan D. Al-Abbas, Engineer / County Council: W. Randall Przybysz - Dist. A; Henry J. Keultjes - Dist. B; Andrew T. Kostielney, Dale R. Devon - Dist. C; Rafael Morton - Dist. D; David L. Neizgodski - Dist. E; Michael J. Kruk, Dennis R. Schaefer - Dist. F; Mark A. Catanzarite - Dist. G; Joseph A. Baldoni - Dist. H; James A. Reinholtz - Dist. I / Engineering Consultant - Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, Inc / Contractor - Superior Construction Co., Inc."

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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