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Although buried behind many trees and nearly impossible to view, this is an impressive remnant of the historic National Road. The previous bridge at this location was relocated and reused nearby when this bridge was built, and that former bridge remains today as the Cooper Bridge.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Bridge History and Significance
When the Indiana State Highway Commission took this section of the National Road into its system, it rather promptly decided to relocate the roadway along Deer Creek in order to eliminate the sharp turns into and out of the existing Cooper Bridge. The ISHC designed a large, monumental, decorated, open-spandrel arch structure for its new crossing with 2-rib rings, arched spandrel columns, and a cantilevered deck supported on brackets. The state awarded a $65,741.27 contract on 8 August 1922 to Edward F. Smith of Indianapolis for the construction of the open-spandrel arches. The structure was complete by February 1924. The ISHC listed the Deer Creek bridge "on the historic National Road" among the dozen it selected to note in the Engineering News-Record for the construction year. As a part of "Highway Rearmament" for World War II under which U.S. #40 was four-laned, the state once again re-routed this section of the National Road in 1937, built a new filled-spandrel arch structure over Deer Creek (#1835), bypassing the open-spandrel one and turning the abandoned roadway and bridge over to county control.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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