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Severns Bridge

Patoka County Bridge 398

Severns Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old Petersburg Road, Old IN-65 (Former Alignment) Over Patoka River
Rural: Gibson County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
99 Feet (30.2 Meters)
Structure Length
108 Feet (32.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This riveted Warren highway through truss bridge has been bypassed and preserved for pedestrian use.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

For prior structure, see Gibson, "Severn (Cov.) Bridge". Designed by the Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana, this all-riveted Warren through truss with verticals sits upon concrete abutments and wingwalls. Verticals, diagonals (except for center panels), and lower chord members all consist of a standard size of laced double angles. The diagonals which stretch outward from the top most central panel point consist of laced channels similar to those used for the top chord. Riveted to the gussets, I floor-beams carry the concrete deck with its 15'6" roadway and 14'6" of vertical clearance. One of the older Warrens known to have been fabricated by a prolific Indiana firm, this bridge is also one of the earliest all-riveted surviving throughs of its type. The design has been streamlined by using the same configuration of elements for the vertical, lower chord, and some diagonal members. The structure retains its original members, including its decoratively latticed guardrails. Severn's Bridge was closed in 1999, bypassed, and left in pedestrian use. References Lowell E. Morrison, Bridge Inspection Survey & Report of Gibson County (Princeton, 1974). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection for Gibson County (Indianapolis, 1980, 1998). bridge nameplate. Indiana Bridge Co., Contract Index, #6563, Indiana Bridge Co. (Muncie). Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Gibson and Warrick Counties: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1984).

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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