This bridge is one of the least impressive of the St. Joseph County bridges. Repeated alterations have left this bridge with hardly any original material at all, and an altered appearance. In 1987, a rehabilitation put ugly metal railings on the bridge and may have been when the original railings were lost. In 2009, another alteration removed those railings and put concrete railings with a historic look to them on the bridge. However, this project also removed all original material on the bridge except for the piers, abutments, and part of the arch ring. Everything else is modern. The only good thing that can be said is that the new material appears to simulate the visual appearance of the original bridge, at least to some extent, and the shape of the arches remains the same as originally design. Another big alteration happened during this project: a pedestrian tunnel was added to the east end of the bridge.
The photo gallery for this bridge has photos from 2006 from before the 2009 project and 2012 photos from after the 2009 project.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
This rather long and graceful structure remains a local landmark. Its structural elements are fairly standard.
Each ring of this 389', four-span reinforced
concrete arch is fairly-flat segment and spans as much as 96'. Cross
beams cantilevered about 6' beyond the rings rest on solid spandrel
walls. The beams support eh concrete deck which carries a 28'6" asphalt
roadway between sidewalks and replacement metal rails. Using Luten
design, National Concrete underbid all others who relied on C. W. Cole's
Company approved plans with a Melan system reinforcing; 389 ft long;
cantilevered slab deck, balustraded rails and lightposts removed (1987)
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten
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