This is an extremely rare rivet-connected bedstead pony truss bridge. It was reportedly moved here from an unknown previous location perhaps in 1987. Looking under the bridge, there is evidence that this bedstead replaced another bedstead truss at this location of a shorter span length. The remains of the bottom of the legs and some concrete from the former abutments are visible under the bridge.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Bridge History and Significance
The pin-connected [sic] truss leg or Pratt bedstead pony spans 51' in four panels. The truss legs run to stream level alongside driven I beams now backed by concrete. The wingwalls are made of timber. The vertical endposts and top chords are fabricated of a pair of channels riveted together with a cover plate and battens, the interior verticals of a pair of laced channels, the diagonals of a pair of die-forged eyebars, the center panel's counters of cylindrical rods with turnbuckles, and the outer panel of the lower chord of a pair of angles. U-bolted to the pins, I floor-beams carry the 14' timber deck. The design of these trusses is quite conventional, and the original structure remains intact. 1997 Bridge Inspection Report indicates superstructure relocated to this site (1987?) and reinforced with I-beams added to top chord. References MW, Inc., Warrick County Bridge Re-Inspection Report (Indianapolis, 1978). Engineer Associates, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report: Warrick County (Evansville, 1981). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report: Warrick County (Indianapolis, 1987). WTH Engineering, Warrick County: Bridge Reinspection Report (Indianapolis, 1999).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes (Select)
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