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New Hope Bridge

New Hope Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-400 North Over Flatrock River
Columbus: Bartholomew County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Caldwell and Drake Iron Works of Columbus, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
128 Feet (39 Meters)
Structure Length
263 Feet (80.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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This two span through truss bridge continues to carry vehicular traffic in good condition.

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Bridge History and Significance

See Cooper's October 1993 report for a detailed discussion of the most-likely construction contractor and bridge designer and fabricator. It appears that the bridge was built as part of a road contract and that Caldwell and Drake did the design and fabrication of the New Hope Bridge superstructure. The National Register nomination relied on the Cooper report. Seated upon a concrete pier, abutments and wing-walls, the riveted Pratt 23.5-foot high trusses have intermediate verticals of two pairs of laced angles. The diagonals, counters, outer verticals, and lower-chord members were fabricated from two pairs of angles riveted together with battens. The diagonal sets in the two most central panels are countered. The I floor-beams are riveted to the verticals and lower chord at chord level. The bridge carries a concrete roadway between latticed hub-guards and with 15 feet of vertical clearance. Riveted Pratt through structures are not plentiful in Indiana, although Bartholomew County retains a few. Aside from the placement of the floor-beams, the design of the spans is rather conventional. Rehabilitated in 1999. References AECON, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Study & Report: Bartholomew County (Nashville, 1978, 1981). United Consulting Engineers, Bridge Inventory Report: Bartholomew County (Indianapolis, 2002, 2004). James L. Cooper, "County Commissioners among Engineers and Industrialists: Bartholomew County's Pugh Ford (#73) and New Hope (#133) Bridges" (October 1993). Anthony Schoettle, "The Bridges of Bartholomew County," The Republic, 11 Sept. 1994, B1.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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