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Cedar Grove Bridge

Cedar Grove Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: January 27, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old IN-1 Over Whitewater River
Location
Cedar Grove: Franklin County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1978
Main Span Length
182 Feet (55.47 Meters)
Structure Length
368 Feet (112.17 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
516

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished 02/17/2016.

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This bridge is a rare example of a multi-span Camelback truss bridge and each span is of noteworthy size in Indiana. The bridge has been abandoned and left accessible to pedestrians. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity. It has unusually tall and proportionately lightweight looking caissons in the center for a pier.

The National Bridge Inventory gives an 1896 construction date for this bridge. 1914 is the documented date. However it does make one wonder if perhaps the stone abutments this bridge sits on date to 1896. The abutments are known to be older than the truss bridge seen today.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

These are among the longest Camelbacks extant in Indiana and one of a handful of riveted ones. The trusses retain their original members and substructure. Since the prolific Hoosier firm that made the current metal structure only repaired the abutments, the extant spans are only the latest crossing the Whitewater at this place.

Architectural Description

Seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls and metal caisson piers, the two-span riveted Camelback through trusses stretch 182' in nine panels for each span. The truss pattern is a fairly common one: three central panels in which the top and lower chords are parallel, two panels on each side of center in which the top chord inclines towards the endposts, and an endpost panel. All verticals (except for the one closest to the endposts) are made from a pair of heavy and single-sized channels laced together (at the endpost: two pair of angles riveted together with battens). A pair of angles and battens provide the diagonals and the single counter in the center panel; none are adjustable. Each truss section is buttressed with mid-vertical struts and heavy bracing; other verticals have knee braces. Riveted to the gussets below the lower chord, I floor beams carry the timber deck with its 17'4" roadway.

The Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie designed and fabricated the trusses and piers and repaired the abutments.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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