This pin connected truss bridge is noted for its relatively long three span configuration. The bridge has some unusual repairs, such as crudely welded plate on a bottom chord eyebar, and a vertical member replaced with a crudely designed replacement. These repairs appear to be older, and predate the most recent rehabilitation and repainting of the bridge.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
The Indiana Bridge Company of Muncie, Indiana, fabricated this three-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss which is seated upon concrete abutments, wingwalls, and piers. Intermediate verticals of laced channels subdivide each 140' truss into most of its eight panels. Eyebars provide the diagonals: pairs of die-forged and rectangular ones stretch toward center span from the top panel point to the bottom of all except the endpost panels; cylindrical eyebars with turnbuckles counter the others in the two most central panels. Riveted to plates above the lower chord, I floor-beams carry the timber deck with its 15'5" roadway and 16' of vertical clearance. Daviess County officials contracted with Indiana Bridge for these spans. Built by a prolific Hoosier firm, these trusses retain their original members, including their decoratively latticed guardrails. The heavier-duty floor beam and endpost vertical connections illustrate a move away from standard pin design. References United Construction and Engineering Corporation, Bridge Inspection Study and Report: Knox County (Indianapolis, 1972). Associated Engineering Consultants, Bridge Reinspection Study and Report: Knox County (Nashville, 1977, 1981). United Consulting Engineers & Architects, Bridge Inventory Report: Knox County (Indianapolis, 2002). bridge nameplate. Indiana Bridge Company, Contract Index, #4948 & #4948 1/2, Indiana Bridge Co. (Muncie).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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