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Cavehill Road Truss Bridge

Ripley County Bridge 14

Cavehill Road Truss Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: September 22, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cavehill Road Over Laughery Creek
Location
Rural: Ripley County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
169 Feet (51 Meters)
Structure Length
175 Feet (53 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6900013

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Constructed in 1920, this bridge is a traditional example of a rural Parker truss. The bridge retains good historic integrity with no major alterations.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Aside from the use of I beams for verticals and the gradual slope of the top chord, this is a rather standard riveted truss. It retains its original members, including its decoratively latticed portals.

Architectural Description

Atop its concrete abutments and wingwalls, this all-riveted Parker through truss spans 174' in nine panels. Heavy I beam verticals separate the panels, for each of which the top chord slopes differently and gently. Angles (decreasing in size toward midspan) are riveted to stay plates and are riveted inward from top to bottom panel points; they also serve as counters in the three most central panels. I floor beams, riveted to gussets and verticals above the lower chord, support the asphalt-over-timber deck with a 16' roadway.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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38.997170,-85.182390

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