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Huntsville Road Bridge

Madison County Bridge 149

Huntsville Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: February 19, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Huntsville Road (Falls Park Drive) Over Fall Creek
Pendleton: Madison County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1952 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
119 Feet (36.3 Meters)
Structure Length
123 Feet (37.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This classic riveted truss bridge has been maintained in good condition. Thanks to information found by Melissa Brand-Welch, the history of the bridge is now known: the bridge dates to 1952, and it was built to replace an older truss bridge that was destroyed by a vehicle collision in 1950. Previous discussion follows.

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This classic riveted truss bridge has been maintained in good condition.

The history of this bridge is somewhat unclear. Possible construction date of 1920 is described below. However, the bridge's bottom chord and top chord has a USS (United States Steel) logo brand on it. USS did not use its own company label until ca. 1952-1953, and prior to that time instead used the former mill names of the constituent companies and mills that combined to form USS. Its possible the chords were replaced or repaired, however if this is the case, repairs were done carefully and in-kind so as to not show any clear evidence of alteration. It may be more likely that the 1920 bridge was replaced by this bridge as a late example of a riveted through truss.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Possibly bridge identified in 1920 Commissioner's Records as the Taylor Street Bridge over Fall Creek at Pendleton. Contract awarded April 5, 1920 to Rochester Bridge Company for $19,276.00. (Commissioner's Record, Book 35, February-April 1920). - Christine Long, M&H Seated upon concrete abutments and wingwalls, this riveted Pratt through span extends 124' in seven panels. Rolled I beams provide all the verticals. A pair of angles riveted together with battens serves as each diagonal and counter set. Only the most central panel is countered. The I floor-beams are riveted to gussets and to the verticals above the lower chord. The bridge carries a concrete deck with a 20' roadway and 15' of vertical clearance. Riveted Pratt through spans are not plentiful in Indiana. The use of I beams for all the verticals and the placement of the floor-beams are adjustments for a wide and heavy structure. The undecorated bridge retains its original members.

Other Information

References United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Inspection Study and Report: Madison County (Indianapolis, 1973); Bridge Reinspection Report: Madison County (Indianapolis, 1978).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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