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Ron Venderly Family Bridge


Northwest oblique view

Photo taken by Brenda Plassman in October 2016


BH Photo #532759

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Built in 2009 for $4.2 million to link the main campus of Indiana-Purdue University's Fort Wayne campus to their other land holdings across the St. Joseph River, the Ron Venderly Family Bridge is one of three notable cable-stayed pedestrian bridges on the IPFW campus. It is a pedestrian cable-stayed bridge on an unusually large scale for the Midwest. The bridge totals 555' in length and 465' of actual bridge and leaps the entire St. Joseph River in a single 385' span. The remainder of the bridge consists of two 40' land spans, also suspended by cables, and two concrete anchorages that extend back another 45' from the river on each bank. The 13'6" deck, which contains a 10' walkway, is equipped with triangular fairings on the side to present an aerodynamic profile to the wind. Support for the main span is provided by ten pairs of steel cables attached at 35' intervals. These cables hang from 115' steel towers, which consist of 36" pipes which curve toward each other from concrete bases.

Source: Heidenreich, Kurt. "It's All About Making the Right Connections." Structure magazine, October 2011, http://www.eri.consulting/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Venderl...


Cable-stayed bridge over St. Joseph River on St. Joe Pathway of the Fort Wayne Rivergreenway
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians only
Built 2008-2009; dedicated on August 18, 2009
- Kurt Heidenreich (Architect)
Length of largest span: 385.0 ft.
Total length: 555.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11655, -85.11512   (decimal degrees)
41°06'60" N, 85°06'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/658245/4553406 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 98434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman
  • June 8, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman