This is a nice looking riveted through truss bridge. The Indiana Bridge marketing page for this bridge says a timber deck was added to the steel deck in 1991. Seeing a traditional late 1800s style wooden deck on a 1920s truss bridge is rather unusual. This bridge is an impressive riveted Parker truss, and it features extensive v-lacing and is traditionally composed. It looks a little like a Camelback truss, but if you look close, there are more than five slopes present, making it a Parker truss. The portal bracing is an a-frame design. Lattice railings remain on the bridge, although there is extensive damage to these. There are Inland mill marks on the bridge as well as Illinois mill marks.
The fate of this bridge is uncertain. It is slated for replacement, but the bridge will be dismantled and put into storage for a period of at least 15 years, and during these 15 years the bridge will be available for reuse. The Kankakee Valley Historical Society has indicated they would like to relocate and preserve the bridge, but need several years to raise money. This plan will hopefully give them the time they need to do so.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Except for its heavier diagonals, this is a rather standard nine-panel Camelback. The bridge retains its original members and latticed guardrails.
Resting upon its concrete abutments and wingwalls, this all-riveted Camelback through truss spans 168' in nine panels with verticals of a single size of laced channels. Double angles riveted to stay plates comprise heavier than usual diagonals, but they function in the typical manner, set inward from the top to bottom chord in all central and side section panels. Only in the most central panel is there a cross diagonal. I floor beams are riveted to gussets above the lower chord whose members are fabricated like the diagonals. The timber deck sports a 19'5" roadway and 16' of vertical clearance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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