This is a large bridge that consists of four stunning truss spans. This bridge was likely built to a standard plan. Many states developed standard plans for metal truss bridges that were used as late as the 1940s, although over time the metal truss bridge declined drastically in popularity during that time. The idea of a standard plan does not mean that surviving examples are not rare or historic. This bridge type has not been built for a half century. Occasionally, modern truss bridges might be built, but they do not feature the use of rivets and/or built-up members and chords. Thus, a bridge like the Haysville Bridge may have been common when built, but is today an uncommon structure type that is quickly becoming rare. The fate of this bridge, which is being replaced, is a great example. Thus, bridges like this one should be preserved either next to their replacements for pedestrian used, or rehabilitated for continued service as a vehicular crossing, perhaps as a two-lane bridge, or next to a new one-lane bridge, forming a one-way couplet.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
This bridge is the earliest and one of the longest extant examples of the IDH's adjusted standard plan for 198' Parkers. Aside from contemporary guardrails, the structure retains its original members.
The Indiana Department of Highways selected a modified version of its longest standard Parker through-truss design, as well as its traditional concrete substructure and coped and paneled approach rails, for this
setting. The IDH stiffened the outer diagonals and the lower chord to accommodate a wider deck.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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