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Crosley Bridge

Crosley Fish and Wildlife Bridge 7088

Crosley Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: September 23, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Park Road Over Muscatatuck River
Location
Rural: Jennings County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 3 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2004
Main Span Length
110 Feet (34 Meters)
Structure Length
212 Feet (65 Meters)
Roadway Width
9.5 Feet (2.9 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
60380

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With its 9.5 foot wide roadway, this bridge looks a lot older than it is. In fact, this bridge was constructed in 1937 and its roadway width is more narrow than most bridges built as far back as the 1800s. The reason this bridge is so narrow is that this bridge was originally built as a private bridge for famous inventor Powel Crosley, Jr. who had purchased the land around this bridge for hunting and recreation. Later, his land became public as the Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area when it was purchased by the state in 1958. Along with the purchase came the bridge, which to this day serves the occasional car traveling through the wildlife area. This bridge is historically significant for its association with a famous person and also noteworthy as an example of a privately-built bridge, and offers a comparison to public bridges. The narrower roadway reflects the fact that it was not designed to carry a lot of traffic, and also the narrow width would have reduced construction cost. The bridge is also of interest as a multi-span bridge that offers both a Pratt through and Warren pony truss spans, and as such it displays the two most common truss configurations (Pratt and Warren) and the two most common truss positions (through and pony) all in one bridge.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1977 and again in 2004.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
38.961790,-85.617100

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