This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a pin-connected Pratt through truss. It has a-frame style portal bracing. It sits on steel caissons. The bridge has been closed to traffic. The Historic Bridge Inventory found that there was some interest in having the bridge reopened, perhaps for non-vehicular use. While it is still feasible to restore this bridge, the window of opportunity is fading. The bridge is severely deteriorated and the bridge is at an increasing risk for collapse. One of the plates that is part of the floorbeam and hanger system is cracked so badly it is split nearly in half. Many diagonal and vertical members have extremely severe section loss at the heads. Restoration of this bridge would likely need to include disassembly and restoration of these parts in a shop setting.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Built by a prolific Indiana firm, this structure retains its original members and its decoratively latticed guardrails.
The Pan-American Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana, fabricated this single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss and an I beam approach to the south. The bridge is seated upon metal abutments, wingwalls, and caisson pier. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the 90' through truss into most of its six panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the two most central panels. U-bolted to the lower pins, I floor beams carry the timber deck with its 11'6" roadway.
Indiana Trail Riders are interested in getting this bridge re-opened per fax/letter from Chris Riehl to Mark Skirvin dated 5/4/07. Response from INDOT's March 2009 request to bridge owner to declare intent to re-open this closed bridge: No response received from bridge owner on future use; non-vehicular use with no plans to re-open assumed.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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