This bridge is similar to the Ligonier Bridge, as both were been built to a state standard plan.
This bridge was originally a two-span bridge carrying nearby Wilden Avenue over Elkhart River according to the inventory data, and totaled 172 feet in length. The bridge was designated Elkhart County Bridge 401 in this location. This bridge was replaced, and one of the remaining spans has been set on small, new concrete abutments. A number of years after being moved, the bridge was repainted.
The bridge is a subdivided warren pony truss with riveted connections. It features buttresses on the vertical members. Original lattice members remain on the bridge. The deck is steel grate, which is likely not original but does date to the bridge's highway service on Wilden Avenue.
Above: Bridge in its original location as a two span bridge. Source: DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey (Prior To Relocation)
Statement of Significance
This is a long, heavy, and typically-designed structure for its period. The trusses retain their original members, including latticed guardrails.
Concrete abutment, wingwalls, and pier support the two-span Warren pony truss. The riveted structure extends 172' in seven-panel spans. Its all-interior verticals are manufactured from pairs of angles riveted together with stay plates and reinforced with external sway bracing. Its diagonals, in turn, are made of a pair of angles (lighter toward midspan) riveted together with stay plates. The I floor beams are riveted to gussets above the lower chord and carry the steel grate deck with its 22' roadway.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
2012 Bridge Photo-Documentation
Original / Full Size Photos
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2012 Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Photos
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2007 and Earlier Bridge Photo-Documentation
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