This bridge has the tallest arches of the South Bend bridges, and as a result is a very impressive structure. It is also one of the few bridges in this area, which is rich with concrete arch bridges, to feature open spandrels. This bridge also features decorative pillars on the deck that are integrated into the pier design. The most unfortunate alteration to this bridge was the 1982 replacement of the railings with hideous modern metal railings that do not compliment the design of the bridge. Only the beautiful curved alcoves on the approaches retained the original railing design. Fortunately, a subsequent rehabilitation in 2009 not only rehabilitated the entire bridge, it also removed the ugly metal railings and put concrete railings back on that look extremely similar to the original railings. This restored the visual appearance of the bridge to something quite similar to what it would have originally looked like. It is today one of the area's most visually stunning bridges.
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