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Priest Ford Bridge

Priest Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: February 19, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-750 West Over White River
Location
Delaware County Bridge 131: Delaware County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 11 Panel Pin-Connected Camelback Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1897 By Builder/Contractor: Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1974
Main Span Length
200 Feet (61 Meters)
Structure Length
259 Feet (79 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.2 Feet (4.63 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was bypassed and abandoned in 2001, but remains standing and visible. A load-bearing pier was added under the truss at an unknown date (possibly during a 1974 rehabilitation) turning the single span truss into a two-span structure.

Today, this bridge is described as private property. It can be seen from the new public bridge however.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Fabricated by the Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie this three-span structure of 259' consists of two I-beam approaches and one through truss with an asphalt-over-timber deck and a 15'3" roadway. Metal caissons (reinforced with a concrete-filled culvert pipe in span center) still support the main span and its approaches; abutments and wingwalls are of concrete. The pin-connected Camelback spans 200' in eleven panels separated by verticals of two sizes of laced channels. Cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles serve as diagonals for the three central panels. The next three panels on each side of center use double die-forged eyebars from the outer top pin to the more central lower one as diagonals. I floor-beams are U-bolted to pins below the lower chord and allow for 16' of vertical clearance above the deck. The oldest of three extant Camelback trusses known to have been fabricated by this prolific Indiana firm, this is the second oldest truss of its kind in the state and among the longest span of its type. The equal division of panels between the center section and the sides is also unusual. Bypassed in 2001. Bridge Number may have been changed from #131 to #134.

Other Information

References Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. Bridge Inspection Report: Delaware County (Indianapolis, 1973). Reid, Quebe, et al., Structural Inventory & Appraisal: Delaware County (Indianapolis, 1979). Floyd E. Burroughs & Associates, Bridge Reinspection Report: Delaware County (Indianapolis, 2001). Indiana Historic Sites & Structures Inventory, Delaware County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1985). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, "Steel Through Truss Highway Bridges of Delaware County," (Indianapolis: DHPA, 7-8-82). Indiana Bridge Co., Contract Index, #2550, (Drawings Archive, School of Architecture, Ball State University, Muncie).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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