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Reelsville Bridge

Putnam County Bridge 159

Reelsville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-625 West Over Big Walnut Creek
Location
Rural: Putnam County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Luten Engineering Company of Indianapolis, Indiana and Engineer/Design: Daniel Luten

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2007
Main Span Length
128 Feet (39 Meters)
Structure Length
171 Feet (52 Meters)
Roadway Width
16.7 Feet (5.09 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6700138

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Bridge Documentation

This uncommon rural open spandrel variation of a Luten arch bridge was bypassed and preserved in place. Although the actual bridge was beautifully preserved, the approaches leading to the bridge have become a bit overgrown. It is not known what frequency if any the approaches are mowed and trimmed.

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Notes

SPANS noted interest in this bridge; Putnam brochure; Identified as potentially associated with the National Road for its location along this historical route, as per Joseph Jarzen, Executive Director, Indiana National Road Association (1/24/08 e-mail). Not within period of active use; INDOT indicated this bridge was part of a Transportation Enhancement project, as such it is considered to have a preservation commitment Transportation Enhancement Program project Des. No. 9981670 for pedestrian use.

2-rib, 120-ft, parabolic center span; floor beams extend deck beyond spandrel columns and bents; reuse of cut-stone south abutment of prior bridge allowed for slim concrete anchoring wall

Bridge plate text: "County Commissioners - M.E. Cooper, Ora J. Day, J.G. Britton / Willis E. Gill, auditor / Orville O'Neal, county engineer / Elmer F. Blue, road superintendant / Geo. Fox, inspector / Luten Engineering Co., contractor / Indianapolis - 1929"

Description located in SHPO database.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten

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