This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a riveted Pratt through truss, and it represents a relatively early example of a riveted connection truss bridge in Indiana. Serving local vehicular traffic, the bridge is located next to a busier highway such that many people can easily see and notice this bridge. While other older and more significant bridges remain in Lawrence County, this bridge has received a fair amount of public support and attention likely because of its high visibility. The bridge is in rather good condition and its preservation in the form of routine maintenance and repair should ensure that the bridge remains for decades to come.
The DHPA survey comments that the bridge is bolted. It is not a bolted connection bridge, it is instead a riveted connection bridge. A few rivets on the bridge were replaced with bolts on the connections, but this is not an original detail.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Bolted Pratt through trusses are not plentiful in Indiana. The design of this structure is fairly standard. The bridge retains its original members, including latticed guardrails.
Seated upon cut stone abutments and wingwalls, this largely-bolted Pratt through span extends 94'8" in five panels. A pair of laced channels provides each set of intermediate verticals, and a pair of angles riveted together with battens serves as diagonal and counter sets. Only the center panel is countered. The I floor beams are bolted to gussets below the lower chord. The bridge carries an asphalt-over-concrete deck with a 18'4" roadway and 18'6" of vertical clearance.
Historically, this bridge carried traffic from Bedford to Tunnelton and was bypassed in 1970. The bridge is located outside Otis Park and Golf Course. Otis Park, listed in the National Register, was donated to the city by Fred B. Otis (editor of the Bedford Daily Mail) in 1935.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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