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Brickyard Road Bridge

Brickyard Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 22, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Brickyard Road (Queen Street) Over Boggs Creek
Location
Rural: Martin County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren (No Verticals) Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2018
Main Span Length
86 Feet (26.2 Meters)
Structure Length
150 Feet (45.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.8 Feet (3.6 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
5100029

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement!

This bridge has a history that is somewhat complicated and uncertain. According to INDOT, this bridge was apparantly built in 1848 as a three span stone arch railroad bridge. Eventually the railroad was abandoned and the grade converted to a highway. At some point, possibly due to an early 20th century flood, the center of the bridge was removed or destroyed, and in 1913 an extremely lightweight looking Warren deck truss was built in the center, while reusing the stone arch approach spans. If the 1848 construction date for the stone arch spans is correct (other sources mentioned an 1890 construction date) these stone arch spans are highly significant as some of the oldest spans surviving in Indiana. As for the main span, Warren deck truss spans of any kind are rare in Indiana, and this lightweight span stands out as unusual. The lack of verticals in a Warren truss is also extremely rare.

Despite being one of the most unique bridges in the area, this historic bridge is likely headed for the dumpster. Indiana generally has one of the best preservation track records in the country. However the planned replacement of this bridge will certainly be a very dark day for Indiana. Located on a quiet rural road, this bridge deserved to be preserved.

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Bridge History and Significance

The northern and southern stone arch approaches to the single-span Warren deck truss and the cut-stone remnants under the truss suggest that the deck span replaced stone arches that were washed out in the early decades of the century. The metal span is fabricated largely from pairs of angles riveted to each other and to connecting plates. Only in the endposts are channels used; verticals are omitted altogether. Placed above and bolted to the top chord, I floor-beams carry the timber deck with its 12' roadway. This structure probably consists of spans from two different but not widely disconnected decades. Unadorned and apparently intact, the central deck span is one of four Warrens extant in Indiana. References American Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Martin County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

Additional Information From InDOT

14 Tons (H-rating)
History of Modifications, Rehabilitations, etc.: The bridge was originally built as a stone arch bridge. It was reconstructed circa 1913 with the steel deck truss main span. The bridge was repaired in 1996 and 2018.

Martin County Bridge No. 58 is a three-span structure originally constructed in 1848 and carries Brickyard Road over Boggs Creek near Loogootee, Martin County. The bridge has been reconstructed/repaired in 1913, 1996, and 2018. The bridge is 150 feet 4 inches long with a clear roadway width of 11'-8". The bridge consists of an 86' long Steel Warren Deck Truss main span and 2 - 32' long stone arch approach spans.
The bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, but is rated "Non-Select" per the Programmatic Agreement Regarding Management and Preservation Indianas Historic Bridges (Historic Bridges PA).

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