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Laughery Creek Road Bridge

Laughery Creek Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: September 22, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Laughery Creek Road (Abandoned Alignment) Over Laughery Creek Branch
Rural: Dearborn County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1917 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
39 Feet (11.89 Meters)
Structure Length
41 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge was reportedly bypassed in 1993. It remains standing abandoned next to its replacement. With a listed construction date of 1917, this bridge's riveted connections and Warren configuration are typical for the period in which the bridge was built. What is not typical is the decorative ball finials mounted on top of the ends of the railing. Decorations of this sort were used more frequently on pre-1900 truss bridges, usually through trusses, and usually mounted on top of the trusses. Such decorations are highly unusual on a 1917 bridge. It is not sure why this bridge had such decorations included. It may be a "trademark" of a particular bridge builder, but it is not known what company might have built this bridge.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey


Concrete abutments and wingwalls inscribed with "1917" support the single-span Warren pony truss. The riveted structure extends 40' in three panels. Its all-interior verticals are manufactured from a pair of angles riveted tightly together with stay plates and reinforced with external sway bracing. The diagonals are also made of a pair of angles riveted tightly together with stay plates. The I floor-beams are attached to gussets and carry the asphalt-over-concrete deck with its 15'6" roadway. While the uniform size of the diagonals suggests an early stage in all-riveted Warren pony construction, the use of external sway braces represents a later design development. This bridge is of otherwise standard design and retains its original members, including latticed guardrails.


AECON, Inc., Bridge Inventory & Inspection Report: Dearborn County (Nashville, 1973); Bridge Reinspection Study & Report: Dearborn County (Nashville,1978).

Howard J. Barth & Associates, Dearborn County: Bridge Reinspection Report (Greensburg, 1998).

Indiana Historic Sites & Structures Inventory, Dearborn County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1983).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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