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New Discovery Road Bridge

Parke County Bridge 98

New Discovery Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
New Discovery Road (CR-160 South) Over Williams Creek
Location
Rural: Parke County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Structure Length
55 Feet (16.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6100083

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Bridge Documentation

This is one of several rare examples of curved chord through girders found only in Parke County, and no other county in Indiana. The bridge may date to ca. 1920.

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Bridge History and Significance

The tops of the girders of this structure are arched about 2-feet at center. The girders are about 5-feet high at the ends, about 2-feet wide, and are panelled. The superstructure carries a slab deck and the whole rests upon concrete abutments and flared wingwalls. Parke County has the only arched girders extant in Indiana. The arch was probably introduced to provide unusual girder depth at center for this extraordinarily long span and to eliminate redundant material at the ends. In addition, only a minority of concrete through girders use a slab rather than floor-beams to support the roadway. The girders are also decorated. References Beam, Longest & Neff, Inc., Bridge Inventory Rating and Safety Inspection: Parke County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979). Congdon Engineering Associates, Bridge Inventory Rating and Safety Inspection: Parke County (Indianapolis, 1986). Farrar, Garvey & Associates, Parke County Bridge Inspection: Phase II, 2002 (Indianapolis, 2002). James L. Cooper, Artistry and Ingenuity in Artificial Stone: Indiana's Concrete Bridges, 1900-1942 (Greencastle, Indiana, 1997), 245-247.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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