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Dicks Road Bridge

Putnam County Bridge 71

Dicks Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 8, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-500 East Over Clear Creek
Rural: Putnam County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: W.McCarthy

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
88 Feet (27 Meters)
Structure Length
90 Feet (27 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is an extremely early example of a truss bridge with bolted connections. Bolted connections only became popular in the second half of the 20th Century, as riveting lost favor as the preferred bridge fastener type. This bridge retains good historic integrity. It has been supplemented with post-tensioning cables, but these do not diminish the original material or design. The bridge is a short through truss at around 90 feet, and has 14.3 Feet of vertical clearance.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

Bolted Pratt through structures are not common in Indiana. The varied size of the diagonals is also noteworthy. The bridge retains its original members, including latticed portals.

Architectural Description

Seated upon concrete abutments and wingwalls, this largely-bolted Pratt through span extends 92' in six panels. A pair of channels riveted together with battens provides each set of intermediate verticals, and a pair of angles and battens supply the diagonals and counters. The angles of the outer diagonals are heavier than the inner ones. Only the two most central panels are countered. The I floor beams are bolted to gussets below the lower chord. The bridge carries a timber deck with a 15'8" roadway and 15' of vertical clearance.

Other Information

Not Currently Available.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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