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McConnell Ford Bridge

Shelby County Bridge 41

McConnell Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 21, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-275 North Over Sugar Creek
Rural: Shelby County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
149 Feet (45.5 Meters)
Structure Length
154 Feet (46.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This is one of only a few known bolt-connected Camelback truss bridges in Indiana.

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Above: Historical article about injury that took place during bridge construction. Source: The Evening Star, December 2 1915

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Bridge History and Significance

The Shelby board of commissioners held a letting for the construction of the McConnell Ford Bridge in July 1915. The Craig Construction Company of Decatur county won a $3,040 contract for the substructure, and the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis received the superstructure contract at $5,893. The board found the substructure as satisfactorily completed by late October. The verticals of the camelback's trusses were made of laced heavy channels of a single size divide the span into nine standard panels (three central; two for each side section; one under each endpost). Central panels have crossed diagonals; side panels angle diagonals only toward span center from the top chord. Moving from pins to bolted connections, the fabricators abandoned eyebars for angles riveted to stay plates for the diagonals and lower chord members. Girder floor-beams are bolted to gussets and vertical plates below the lower chord. McConnell Bridge was repainted in 1921 by Verlie O. Fox and by Ray Heck in 1927. 13'6" of vert clear. One of five extant bolted Camelbacks in the state, this bridge seems especially heavy for its length, using more panels, more extensive bracing, and heavier verticals than usual. The bridge retains its original members. References Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection Report: Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1973). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report For Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1978). Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Shelby County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1992), 21-22. "Construction News," Engineering News, 22 July 1915: 57. Shelby County, "Commissioners Record," S: 417-418, 444-445; T: 262, 512-513.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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