This is a classic Pratt truss bridge with attractive portal bracing and has been closed to traffic.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The Pan-American Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana, fabricated this two-span, pin-connected Pratt through structure of 286'. The bridge is seated upon concrete abutments, wingwalls, and pier. Intermediate verticals of two sizes of laced channels subdivide each 140' truss into most of its seven panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs of die-forged and rectangular ones 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 3rd and 5th panels and pairs cross the 4th or center panel. U-bolted to the lower pins, girder floor-beams carry the asphalt-over-timber deck with its 17'6" roadway and 16' of vertical clearance. The oldest of a couple of extant Pratts by this once prolific Hoosier firm, the bridge retains its original members including latticed portals and guardrails and decorated portal bracing.
Bridge nameplate. Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Miami County (Indianapolis, 1973, 1977, 1981).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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