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Groninger Bridge

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Groninger Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 25, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Lake City Greenway Trail (Chinworth Bridge Trail) Over Maish Ditch
Rural: Kosciusko County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company of Elkhart, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
55 Feet (16.8 Meters)
Structure Length
57 Feet (17.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This pony truss bridge built by a notable in-state builder was relocated and preserved for pedestrian use. Lengths given are estimates.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Bridge History and Significance

Original Location The Elkhart Bridge & Iron Company fabricated this span and erected it over Peterson Ditch on County Road 600S in 1915. Surveyed Location The county replaced this bridge as a culvert in 1973 and sold the old trusses to Tom Groninger who in turn donated the superstructure to the local trail system for reuse. The structure was rehabilitated and erected over Maish Ditch. Bolted Warren ponies represent an intermediate stage in the truss' development towards all-riveted structures. Except for the metal substructure, this undecorated bridge is of standard design for its type and stage. The structure retains its original members. The Indiana Historical Society holds the plans for this bridge. Listed in the 1990 Bridge Inspection Report as closed and on 1990 and 1992 inspection maps. Not listed in 1996 Inspection Report or on map. Probably replaced with a multiple-plate arch as a culvert. Warren T. Hobson & Associates, Inc. Bridge Inspection Report: Jasper County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1980). Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. Drawings, D-176, Indiana Historical Society (Indianapolis).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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