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Lincoln Avenue Bridge

Elkhart County Bridge 408

Lincoln Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2010 and March 4, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Lincoln Avenue Over Elkhart River
Location
Goshen: Elkhart County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction Company of Goshen, Indiana and Engineer/Design: William S. Moore
Rehabilitation Date
1982
Main Span Length
64.3 Feet (19.6 Meters)
Structure Length
237.0 Feet (72.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
43.6 Feet (13.29 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
2000174

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This bridge is noteworthy for having excellent historic integrity. Unlike many arch bridges in Indiana which have been altered, this bridge retains original design and materials including original railings. Only some light standards are missing from the bridge. The arches and the railings are all handsomely detailed from an architectural standpoint. A close examination of these architectural elements reveals the intricacy of the designs. For example, the inset rectangular panels on the railings are not just a single inset rectangle like many bridges might have had. Instead, the inset portion has a partially inset border around it as well. The center inset portion of the panels also has exposed aggregate in the concrete which gives it a different texture than the rest of the railing. The arches of the bridge show a similar attention to detail. This finely crafted bridge thus remains today in excellent condition, although there is minor spalling on some areas such as the base of the railings. Now would be a great time to address such issues so that they do not worsen and become more difficult to repair and/or begin to damage the architectural elements of this bridge.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Aside from its skew, the design of this bridge is fairly standard for an urban structure of its date. It does retain its architectural integrity.

Architectural Description

William S. Moore may have designed this 197'6", three-span structure. The Rieth-Riley Construction Company built it. Offset by 15 degrees, the rings are elliptical and rise 10' for a span of 64'6" each. Solid spandrel walls retain the earth fill which supports the 44' asphalt roadway between concrete sidewalks and paneled parapet walls with lampposts.

Other Information

237 feet long; light standards removed

Bridge plate text (2):

1927
Frank H. Ellis
Charles A. Sanford Board of County
Warren S. Cline Commissioners

Charles A. Croop, Auditor
Thomas A. Davis, Attorney
William S. Moore, Engineer
C.B. Weaver, County Surveyor
Rieth-Riley Construction Co, Contractors


Elkhart County, Indiana
Bridge No. 408

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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