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Maucks Pond Bridge

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Maucks Pond Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 4, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
IN-64 Over Maucks Pond
Location
East Mt. Carmel: Gibson County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana and Engineer/Design: Indiana State Highway Commission

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1979
Main Span Length
197.8 Feet (60.29 Meters)
Structure Length
348.8 Feet (106.31 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
22840

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

The Mauks Pond Bridge is a highly attractive state standard plan structure on account of its combination pony and through truss design, with a  central through span flanked on each side by a pony truss approach span.

Indiana decided that the best way to deal with the nearby Mt. Carmel Bridge and the Maucks Pond Bridge, both beautiful and historically significant bridges, is to demolish them. Such a decision is a clear display of how broken both surface transportation and historic preservation policy truly is in the United States. Since a new bridge is under construction on a new alignment, the historic bridge is not in the way of anything. There is absolutely no reason or point  to waste money demolishing this bridge!

With the new bridge constructed next to its replacement, demolishing this bridge serves no other purpose than to destroy history, waste taxpayer dollars, and fill the pockets of greedy scrap steel dealers who get to cash in on historic bridge tragedies such as this.

What should be done instead? The bridge is currently safe for vehicular traffic and has no extremely serious problems, and as such, the bridge could likely stand next to its replacement either for pedestrian use or completely abandoned as a historic relic, for decades to come even without preservation work done on it. As such, the bridge should be left standing next to its replacement. The money that would have been used to demolish the bridge could be used to make repairs to the worst conditions on the bridge.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Except for added stiffening of the portal braces, the Parker span is a typical representative of the IDH's longest standard truss. It is, though, a late example of the prevailing design from 1921 into 1932. The Warren spans are also standard. The structure retains its original members, including latticed guardrails.

Architectural Description

The Indiana Department of Highways selected its longest standard Parker through-truss and Warren pony-truss designs, as well as its traditional concrete substructure and coped and paneled approachh rails, for this setting. The structure consists of a 198' Parker flanked by a 72' Warren approach on each end.

The Parker's riveted superstructure is divided into eleven panels, each with a differently-sloped top-chord segment. The verticals are made from laced channels. A pair of angles and battens, lighter toward midspan, provide the diagonals and counters (used only in the three central panels). The lower chord consists of two pairs of heavy angles riveted together with battens. Substantial protals and cross-frames brace the trusses. The heavy I floor beams are riveted to the verticals at and above the lower chord and carry a 22' concrete roadway.

The six-panel Warren pony trusses are also riveted. The verticals consist of two pairs of angles riveted together with battens, some of which also serve the external sway braces. A pair of angles and battens, lighter toward midspan, supply the diagonals. The lower chord is made from a pair of angles and battnes in the two outer panels and are doubled for the more central ones.
ALTERATIONS: 1963: Portal, Sway Frame, Top Lateral and Struts Repaired, Reinforce Floor Beam Connections
1975: Concrete Deck Reconstruction, New Rails, Sway Frame Repair

Parker through truss Riveted 11 panels@18' 1 span, 198'
Warren pony truss Riveted 6 panels@12' 2 spans, 72' each.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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