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Union Flatrock Church Bridge

Flatrock Creek Foot Bridge

Union Flatrock Church Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 22, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Flatrock Creek
Location
Rural: Ripley County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a tiny concrete arch foot bridge that retains outstanding historic integrity. The bridge has solid concrete parapet railings. The bridge has no architectural details, its aesthetic quality is exclusively derived from the graceful arch shape of the superstructure. An unusual detail of this bridge is that the arch ring doubles as the deck, meaning pedestrians walk directly on the arched surface of the ring. Most closed spandrel arch bridges have a fill placed on top of the arch rib, with an additional hard surface (usually concrete or brick) deck on top, which maintains a flat roadway over the bridge. This bridge lacks the fill and deck. These likely were not a concern for a bridge that was built to serve pedestrians only.

The bridge appears to have been built to provide a pedestrian connection from the Union Flatrock Church to a cemetery across the creek. The existing church building is reported to have been built in 1921, and it is possible that the bridge dates to around that period. However, the original church building at this site dated to 1859. While the bridge certainly would not be that old, it could be as old as ca. 1905, based on its style.

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