This bridge is one of the most visually striking of the concrete bridges in northern Indiana. It was the only bridge in Elkhart County and St. Joseph County to gain the attention of the HAER project. HAER documented the bridge prior to the bridge's rehabilitation which modified some aspects of the bridge, most notably the removal of lamp standards from the railings. The south end of the bridge has an extensive approach system, which consists simply of dirt retained behind a solid concrete wall that is architecturally designed to compliment the arch spans. The engineer for the bridge William S. Moore, was significant, and if you are curious about him or the details of this bridge's history, the HAER data pages include a great deal of historic about this bridge and its engineer.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Previous Structure Description
In August 1908, the Elkhart county commissioners noted the need for repairs to the "County Line Bridge",agreed to pay 28/72 of the same, and received bids in October. The board rejected all bids when the Elkhart Bridge & Iron Company made the only proposal, and authorized re-advertising of a letting. In November, the county received 3 bids, of which Elkhart Bridge at $3,465 brought in the lowest and successful proposal.
Surveyed Structure Description
The structure is about 300 feet long plus a 185-foot filled-wall approach; ribbed rings; spandrel piers; deck carried above longitudinal beams over crown of span; sidewalks extended beyond spandrel columns; deck, walks, open-arch rail panels, abutment dies with cut-triangular columns, and lampposts with cast-bronze fixtures. While the lamp fixtures were removed in the 1994 rehabilitation, much of the renovation was sensitive to original decor.
Elkhart County, "Commissioners Record," 20: 175, 194, 201.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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