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Middlebury Street Bridge

Elkhart County Bridge 371

Middlebury Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall 2005 and April 20, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Middlebury Street Over Elkhart River
Location
Elkhart: Elkhart County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Bontrager Construction Company and Engineer/Design: William S. Moore

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1985
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Structure Length
160 Feet (48.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
42 Feet (12.8 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
2000157

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Bridge Documentation

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This is one of several multi-span arch bridges in the city of Elkhart. This one has been heavily modified on the top, with ugly steel railings replacing the original concrete railings. The design of the original railings can be seen on the abutment sections of the bridge, where they still remain. The sidewalks on the Middlebury Street Bridge are cantilevered, as can be seen in the above photo. It would be nice to see this bridge rehabilitated with replica original railings put back on the bridge as has been done elsewhere in the area on other historic concrete arch bridges.

According to the plaque, this bridge was built in 1931 by Bontrager Construction Company. William S. Moore is listed as the engineer.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

A noted regional engineer designed this structure, one of the very few built in Elkhart during the Depression. The bridge retains its architectural and structural integrity.

Architectural Description

As the Great Depression gripped the United States, Indiana's counties increasingly shifted their inadequate resources from construction to welfare. Many counties stopped building bridges altogether. The cities were more likely to continue a limited program of construction on high-priority sites. This bridge is one of approximately two dozen reinforced concrete filled-spandrel arches built in Indiana cities from 1930-1941.

Willima S. Moore desgined and Bontrager Construction Company built the 162' structure consisting of three 53' spans. All the rings are three-centered and quite flat. The central span is symmetrical and springs from 12' up on the piers. The outer rings are unsymmetrical and fuller towards the abutments where they spring from only 3' above the ground level. Cantilevered about 5' beyond the spandrel walls, brackets support eh concrete sidewalks which flank the 42' asphalt roadway. The original coped and balustraded parapet walls remain at the approaches but have been replaced with metal railings over the spans.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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