This bridge is a rare surviving example of a 19th century pin-connected truss bridge designed for heavy urban traffic. Thus, the bridge has much more massive members and a wider deck than most surviving pin-connected metal truss bridges that remain today. Such bridges in urban locations tended to be replaced sooner than bridges on lower-volume roads, so surviving examples of such bridges today are very rare. This particular bridge remains in its original location, where it has been beautifully restored in-kind and converted for pedestrian use as part of a trail system.
This bridge is next to a historic railroad bridge.
Abutment PlaqueERECTED 1891
A. A. SWOPE SUPT.
EIGENMAN & HOLLERBACH
AUG. REAFFLIN ENGINEER
Above: View showing bridge in May 15, 2005 prior to restoration. Photo Credit: Rick McOmber.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The Pittsburgh Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fabricated this single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the 199' truss into most of its eleven panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs of die-forged and rectangular ones stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the center and endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th panels and pairs cross the 6th or center panel. A separate member of latticed double angles is inserted midway between and parallel to the chords in the intermediate verticals. Double U-bolted to the lower pins, girder floor-beams carry the steel mesh deck with its 24' roadway and 21' of vertical clearance. There is a 4-foot sidewalk on the right side of the span. The oldest of two extant Pratts built by this noted bridge builder, the truss retains its original members including latticed struts, double portals, portal bracing, guardrails, and sidewalk railings. Its members are all especially heavy and its special horizontal member is unique. It is the second longest surviving Pratt through span in Indiana. Bypass replacement structure under construction to the north in 1995. Not listed in Mead & Hunt statewide inventory. Vanderburgh County Surveyor's Office, Bridge Inspection Survey and Report: Vanderburgh County (Evansville, 1973). Sieco, Inc., Bridge Inspection Report: Vanderburgh County (Columbus, 1979). United Consulting Engineers, Bridge Reinspection Report: Vanderburgh County (Indianapolis, 1995) bridge nameplate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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