Built by a prolific in-state builder, this bridge helps document the variety of designs the company built. The bridge is a very late example of a pin-connected truss.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Bridge History and Significance
The Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana, erected this single-span, pin-connected Parker variant upon concrete abutments and wingwalls and under the watchful eye of Lou Drescher, County Engineer. Serving as the intermediate verticals, laced channels divide the 200' structure into ten panels comprising one central and two side sections of two panels each and a single-panel section ahead of the inclined endpost. Except for the cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles which serve as counters from the top central pin, all diagonals are double die-forged eyebars fitted twoards midspan from the top to the bottom pin in each panel. Heavy I floor-beams are bolted to the pin-plates below the lower chord. They support the concrete deck which carries a 15'2" roadway and 18' of vertical clearance. As the five extant Parker trusses constructed by this prolific Indiana firm reveal, Vincennes Bridge varied its patterns. This bridge represents a variant which appears to have been used for some fairly long spans. Although lacking in decorative elements, the truss retains its original members. References Beam, Longest & Neff, Inc., Owen County Bridge Inventory Rating & Safety Inspection (Indianapolis, 1973). Associated Engineering Consultants, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Study & Report: Owen County (Nashville, 1978). bridge nameplate.
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