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Murphy Ford Bridge

Orange County Bridge 95

Murphy Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-700 South Over Patoka River
Location
Rural: Orange County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 5 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1992
Main Span Length
80 Feet (24 Meters)
Structure Length
129 Feet (39 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
5900065

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This is a late example of a pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge.

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Bridge History and Significance

In September 1909, the commissioners received and approved A. N. McPheeter's plans and specifications for a bridge at Murphy Ford on the Valeene and Honey Creek Highway and ordered an October letting. At the letting, the Vincennes Bridge Company made a successful $2,331.24 for the 80-foot steel trussed span and a pair of 24-foot approaches. The superintendent of construction reported satisfactory completion of Vincennes' contract in early April 1910. Seated upon concrete abutments and wingwalls and metal caisson piers. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide the through trusses into most of their five panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of the 2nd and 4th panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles cross the 3rd or center panel. U-bolted to the lower pins, I floor-beams carry the timber deck and allow for 13-feet of vertical roadway clearance. Listed by Hobson and Associates on their short "Schedule of Historic Bridges" in Orange County, this "picturesque" structure appears to retain its original members, including decoratively latticed portals and guardrails. Originally bolted to the pin plates below, the verticals are now welded. References Warren T. Hobson & Associates, Bridge Inspection/Reinspection Report: Orange County (Indianapolis, 1974, 1979, 1996). Orange County, "Commissioners Record," 17: 64, 73-74, 142.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes (Non-Select)

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