North side of bridge
Veiw of bridge mid 2009, razed in December 2009 and replaced.
Photo taken by James Norwood
BH Photo #136710
Bridge is now GONE. Cass County is in the process of replacing it.
Story from Logansport's "Pharos Tribune"
Published: November 18, 2009 09:59 pm
Bridges set for completion this year
Replacements will cost the county more than $500,000
by Kevin Lilly
Pharos-Tribune news editor
ROYAL CENTER — The Cass County Highway Department’s goal is to finish two county-funded bridge replacements west of Royal Center this year.
LaPorte Construction Co. workers recently knocked out the small structure over Fredericks Ditch on Center Street while a crew from the same company is within three weeks of finishing the bridge that carries 650N over Strubhar Ditch just east of 900W.
“Things are really starting to take shape now,” Jeff Smith, the county highway department’s project manager, said of the bridge on 650N.
New beams were put in place by a crane Wednesday, and the concrete deck that is replacing the steel grating is scheduled for pouring on Tuesday, as long as the rain holds off. Already workers are dealing with sloppy, muddy conditions.
In one of the loudest portions of the projects, Royal Center area residents will hear a seven-ton diesel hammer driving new bridge pilings some 45 feet into the ground.
Smith is hoping to get the approaches to both bridges down before asphalt plants close for the winter. With the 650N structure expected to be finished shortly after Thanksgiving, that should not be an issue, but in a worst-case scenario, the Center Street bridge would have gravel approaches until spring, he said. The rest of the project is on schedule for opening in six weeks.
Both bridges were in need of repair. Abutments had started to lean and were sinking into the ground. They dated to the 1930s, Smith said.
The county determines a bridge needs to be replaced by the state-required inspections that are conducted every two years.
Each bridge is costing the county about $270,000.
The new bridges have a life expectancy of between 60 and 80 years, if they’re properly cared for, Smith said.
• Kevin Lilly is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or kevin.lilly@pharostribune
Logansport Pharos Tribune is reporting today Sunday February 8, 2009 that they are compiling a 'wish' list of projects that could be shovel ready to begin work with any economic stimulus money that came to Cass County via the huge Obama pushed bill working through Congress and this bridge was included as one to be replaced. The state of Indiana had apparently requested all counties to submit such wish lists in preparation of possible incoming monies. I will have to get up to RC and get a pic to share of this interesting small bridge before it is replaced.
Another bridge on the list is a former road overpass of railroad tracks(Winamac Southern Railway, ex PRR)in Anoka at county road 250 South and US 35 that has been closed for about 3 or so years. That plan is to simply demolish this wood approach and Steel bridge and no mention of replacement is offered. Steel part is a surplus Railroad bridge the Pennsylvania Railroad installed at this once busy junction of two lines so road traffic would not be impeded. At one time, there was talk of making a at-grade crossing but with the large curve the lone remaining railroad track angles it was not favorible to the railroad company.