Indiana bridge historian Dr. Jim Cooper researched this bridge and provided the following additional history: The county council appropriated $27,500 in July 1919 for construction of a bridge over the canal on Illinois street. The commissioners, in turn, contracted with the National Concrete Co. to build this Luten-design two-span for $25,860 in October 1919. Construction was completed by August 1920. Luten featured this bridge with its 60° offset in his 1921 pamphlet on Skew Arches. In his 1924 publication, he also noted that the structure was "built with taper abutments by Royse formula". The quite skewed, elliptical rings springs from the abutments and pier close to stream-bed level. The spandrel walls and abutment panels are bush-hammered. The original coped and paneled railing with neo-classical balusters were replaced in 1946 with coped and closed-panel rails. The rails lined the sidewalks which bordered the bituminous roadway.
This bridge was shown in the National Bridge Inventory with a 1946 construction date. However, Indiana bridge historian Dr. Jim Cooper notes a 1920 construction date for this bridge. The bridge appears in a 1924 National Concrete Company catalog, showing its design by famous engineer Daniel Luten. In this photo (shown below) the bridge has balustrade railings. It is possible that the 1946 date in the National Bridge Inventory references a repair project and railing replacement. Solid paneled railings like those seen on the bridge today were still in use in Indiana in the 1940s.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten
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