Along with the Jefferson Boulevard Bridge, these bridges are the two most ornate concrete bridges in South Bend. This bridge features a unique sandstone veneer on its exterior. The piers have a detailed design, and feature decorative pedestals that extend above the railings. The bridge has substantial architectural embellishment. When documented in 2006, the railings on the bridge were original. When re-documented in 2013, the bridge had been rehabilitated since the last visit. Changes included that the railing panels had been replaced with concrete, but retaining the same design as the original. However, the railing posts only had the concrete replacement, but the stone facing was still original. The arch barrel had been lined with a protective fabric and coated with a sealant. Also, ornate lighting was added to the railing posts at the pier points. The posts did not have lighting on them in 2006, but did have originally. The lighting on the bridge today was designed to look similar to what was originally on the bridge.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
An important local engineer and official designed this city landmark. Its structural elements are fairly standard, but its aesthetic qualities are considerable. Replacement of the original deck has had a minimal effect upon the structure's architectural integrity.
Charles W. Cole, the City Engineer of Mishawaka,
designed this 276', three-span reinforced and filled concrete arch. The
Kuert Contracting Company of Indianapolis won the contract to built it
for $93, 663.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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