Rating:
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Van Zile Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2008

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BH Photo #120115

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Van Zile Road
Location
Allen County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1883 by the Massillon Bridge Company; rehabilitated 1999
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
Pinned Whipple through truss.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 169.9 ft.
Total length: 178.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Hursh Mill Bridge
Hurshtown Bridge
County Bridge #32
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.24634, -84.97300   (decimal degrees)
41°14'47" N, 84°58'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/669842/4568084 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grabill
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
179
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0200022 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 15797 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Changed name to Hurshtown Bridge - discovered that this is the primary name when searching
  • August 10, 2011: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alternate names
  • February 5, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 5, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • July 26, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder and truss type

Sources 

Comments 

Hurshtown Bridge
Posted October 4, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was at the bridge a few weeks ago and actually drove across it, but totally forgot to update the status so thank you for that Art!

As far as the name goes, the true historic name of the bridge is the Hursh Mill Bridge being built for the 1870's mill that stood next to it. The name Hurshtown is actually a misnomer because a town never developed at the location. The Hurshtown name is actually used in conjunction with the water reservoir that was built nearby. The Van Zile Road name has been used the longest simply because along with "Bridge #32" that is what the Allen County Highway Department has called it.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted October 2, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

Came across this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjks6pvu1JY

Assuming the July 2018 date on the video is correct, the bridge is open with a 10 ton load limit.

Regards,

Art S.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted February 5, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I haven't heard for sure Art, would have to call up there and check.

I would be surprised though as the damage was fairly minor and I would expect that the driver's insurance would have covered it.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted February 5, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

Is this one still closed?

Regards,

Art S.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted February 2, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I haven't heard for sure Art, would have to call up there and check.

I would be surprised though as the damage was fairly minor and I would expect that the driver's insurance would have covered it.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted February 2, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

Is this one still closed?

Regards,

Art S.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted March 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Of course, I live in Michigan and have driven on icy roads many times and never hit anything...

If its icy maybe he should have slowed down for a narrow one lane bridge. He is lucky he did not damage this unique, beautiful bridge which is one of my favorites. Its not just "another Pratt truss."

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted March 24, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Article I forgot to include previously...

http://wane.com/2018/01/22/van-crashes-through-bridge-hangs-...

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted March 24, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Closed following an accident on Jan 22 where a van slid into the railing and partially off of the bridge. Fortunately, damage appears to be minimal and limited mainly to the railing and the eyebar hangers that support the floor beam closest to the end of the bridge. The endpost and first vertical appear to have escaped damage. After the carnage in Boone County I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

The driver lost control due to icy conditions and was unhurt. It doesn't appear to have been anything more than an unfortunate accident.

Van Zile Road Bridge
Posted February 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth

This bridge has had its weight limit lowered following a bridge inspection as follows:

Van Zile Rd Bridge # 32 over St Joseph River from Hurstown Rd to SR # 1 10 Tons